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Determinants of Early Days of Newborn Feeding Malpractice Among Mothers of Children Less Than One Year of Age in Mizan-Aman Town, Southwestern Ethiopia, 2020

Authors Wudu MA

Received 17 December 2020

Accepted for publication 9 February 2021

Published 19 February 2021 Volume 2021:12 Pages 79—89


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Professor Roosy Aulakh

Muluken Amare Wudu

Department of Pediatrics and Child Health Nursing, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Wollo University, Dessie, 1145, Ethiopia

Correspondence: Muluken Amare Wudu
Department of Pediatrics and Child Health Nursing, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Wollo University, P. O. Box: 1145, Dessie, Ethiopia
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Background: Suboptimal breastfeeding practices have remained a global public health issue, particularly in Ethiopia due to early days of newborn breastfeeding practices. Although several measures have been taken to comply with the WHO guidelines, newborn feeding malpractices are widely seen in Ethiopia.
Objective: To assess the prevalence and determinant of early days of newborn feeding malpractices among recently delivered women in Mizan-Aman Town, southwestern Ethiopia, 2020.
Methods: A community-based cross-sectional study of recently delivered women was conducted between March 5/2020 and April 8/2020. A total of 487 mother-to-child (< 12month) pairs were selected using a multi-stage randomized sampling technique and the data were collected through a face-to-face interview using a structured questionnaire. The result was analyzed via SPSS version 26. Multivariate logistic regression analysis was used to assess the determinant of newborn feeding malpractices and a p< 0.05 was deemed to be significant.
Results: Prevalence of prelacteal feeding, delayed initiation of breastfeeding and colostrum avoidance was approximately 21.9%, 35.5% and 15.5%, respectively. The most common prelacteal food was Rue/“Tenadam”/49 (10.1%). The key reasons for this were: 49 (10.1%) Cultural activity followed by 45 (9.3%) intestinal/ghost/birth clean-ups. Determinants of prelacteal feeding were found to be: mothers who recognize the risks of prelactate feeding, multipara mothers, had ≥ 4 children and infants birth order between 4 and 6. Likewise, exposure to infant formula advertising, absence of home-to-home health education, multipara mothers and spontaneous vaginal birth were the determinants of colostrum avoidance.
Conclusion: The study found that one in four and one-third of newborns had experience with prelacteal and delayed breastfeeding, respectively. This makes the newborn feeding practice suboptimal in the city. As a result, behavioral modification programs on the prevention of prelacteal feeding and enhancement of early initiation of colostrum feeding practices are recommended.

Keywords: suboptimal breastfeeding, prelacteal feeding, colostrum avoidance

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