Factors influencing exclusive breastfeeding among lactating mothers attending health clinics in Bushenyi District

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Kampala International University, School of Health Sciences
This study assessed the prevalence of EBF, the socio-demographic and physiological factors influencing exclusive breastfeeding among lactating mothers attending Bushenyi district health facilities in Western Uganda. The study population was drawn from lactating mothers attending health facilities in Bushenyi district. 201 mothers were sampled from the sampled health centers. A descriptive cross-sectional study design which employed both quantitative and qualitative methods in data collection was used for this study. Simple random sampling technique was used to sample the health facilities and respondents (lactating mothers) at each facility. A Well tested and validated questionnaires and focus group guide were used to collect information. From the lactating mothers from the sampled health centers and hospital. A total of 201 lactating mothers of children of age 6- 12 months participated in this study. Data from the survey was statistically analyzed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) (version 12.0). The study showed that initiation of breastfeeding after birth was done within the first hour of birth by most of the mothers 126 (62.7%), however during the first six months after birth of their babies, majority of the mothers had fed their babies other food substances with breast milk 132 (65.7%). The socio-demographic factors which significantly influenced exclusive breastfeeding among the lactating mothers were the marital status (X2 =17.715, p = 0.000), the level of education (X2 = 10.680, p = 0.014) and occupation (X2 = 14.431, p = 0.002). The physiological factors which influence exclusive breastfeeding among the lactating mothers were the mode of delivery (X2 = 12.258, p = 0.000), the HIV status of the mothers (X2 = 12.913, p=0.000) and the breastfeeding disorders experienced (X2 = 16.538, p = 0.001)…
A research report submitted to the Faculty of Clinical Medicine and Dentistry in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of a degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery of Kampala International University
Exclusive breastfeeding, Lactating mothers, Bushenyi district