Factors Associated with Exclusive Breastfeeding Practice among Nursing Mothers in rural areas of Enugu State and its Implications for Social Work Practice in Nigeria

A. E. Okafor, P. C. Agwu, U. O. Okoye, O. A. Uche, E. K. Oyeoku

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    Abstract

    This study investigates factors that influence exclusive breastfeeding practice. Focus group discussions involving 60 nursing mothers from selected rural areas of Enugu State, Nigeria, was adopted. Thematic analysis was adopted in analyzing data collected. Findings show that nursing mothers in the study area are yet to fully accept the 6 months’ practice of exclusive breastfeeding. Issues relating to culture, economic hardship, and support networks were revealed to exercise gross influence on practice of exclusive breastfeeding. The study concluded that professional support from social workers is very vital to achieving conformity to the practice. This can be done through awareness creation that would accommodate support networks, while adopting exclusive breastfeeding campaign models that have proven successful in other African nations.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)140-148
    Number of pages9
    JournalSocial Work in Public Health
    Volume33
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2018

    Keywords

    • Exclusive breastfeeding
    • nursing mothers
    • rural areas
    • support networks

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