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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 1998  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 59-64

Breastfeeding practice in Dammam area of Saudi Arabia


CDD Program, Diarrhea Control Center, Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Mohammad H Qadri
CDD Program, Diarrhea Control Center, P.O. Box 3745, Dammam 31481
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


PMID: 23008584

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Objectives: The main objective of this study was to determine the breastfeeding status for children under 24 months and assess the causes of breastfeeding failure among those mothers who do not breastfeed their babies. Methodology: This study was conducted on a sampled population of 1185 children under 24 months of age, using breastfeeding indicators recommended by World Health Organization, for assessing breastfeeding practices within a recall period of 24 hours, in the Dammam area of Saudi Arabia. Results: The exclusive breastfeeding rate and predominantly breastfeeding rates were 33% and 11.5%, respectively, under 4 months of age among these children. The timely complementary feeding rate was 31.7% only. All the values were far behind those recommended. The reasons given in order of their frequencies by the mothers for failure to breastfeed were insufficient milk, advice and example of other mothers and formula milk advertisement. Conclusion: This study recognizes the low level of exclusive breastfeeding among children under 4 months of age and lays emphasis on changing the behavior of mothers towards exclusive breastfeeding. This can be achieved by special integrated community-based approaches among potential mothers by supporting them after delivery and proper follow-up, to prevent failure of milk formation and discontinuation of breastfeeding.


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