Increasing the awareness of the advantages and techniques of breastfeeding among the adolescent girls is a well known approach to the promotion of exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) in the community.
This questionnaire study surveyed the current awareness of EBF among adolescent school girls in Ibadan, Nigeria.
Six hundred and sixty adolescent secondary school girls were assessed for knowledge of and attitudes to exclusive breastfeeding using a structured questionnaire.
Results showed that a high proportion had a positive experience of breastfeeding as 98.2% were breast-fed in infancy and 99.1% had seen infants being breastfed in their families or elsewhere.
Only 46.5% had heard about EBF and 19.2% had the correct knowledge of it.
While 32.6% of the girls thought EBF was best for a baby, 29.5% thought it was practicable.
While 95.2% of the girls would breastfeed their babies, only 12.9% would breastfeed exclusively, 79.2% would not breastfeed exclusively and 7.9% had not yet made their decisions.
Reasons for not wanting to breastfeed exclusively included : breast milk alone would not satisfy a baby, a baby on breast-milk alone would be thirsty and therefore needed water supplementation, and exclusive breastfeeding would be too strenuous for the mother.
These findings indicated a deficiency in the knowledge of, and negative attitudes to EBF among the adolescent girls, despite positive attitudes to breastfeeding. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Allaitement, Connaissance, Attitude, Enquête, Adolescent, Homme, Nigéria, Afrique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Breast feeding, Knowledge, Attitude, Survey, Adolescent, Human, Nigeria, Africa
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0214270
Code Inist : 002B30A01C. Création : 16/11/1999.