Attending maternal child health clinic at Kampala International University teaching hospital

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Kampala International University. School of Health Sciences Western Campus
Despite the benefits which results from its practice, EBF rates remain low throughout the world.Globally it is estimated that the rate of exclusive breast feeding is 35%. Different regions in the world have reported increase of EBF, for instance from 22 % in 1996 to 30% in 2006. In Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia/Pacific including China 27 % in 1996 to 32 % in 2006 and in Latin America and the Caribbean excluding Brazil and Mexico 30 - 45 %, despite the reported increase of EBF, the rates are still low.A descriptive and cross-sectional survey using quantitative and qualitative data collection method were used.The study found out that 2/3rd of the mothers practice exclusive breast feeding. Health workers’ advice was the most influential factor on EBF, followed by other factors like cultural beliefs, the least was family members’ influence. Fear of infecting the baby is the main hindrance of EBF followed by availability of pre lacteals, the least was occupation of the mother .The study concluded that health workers’ advice, cultural believe and family members were the main factors influencing EBF.The researcher recommends that the hospital should continue with education of HIV positive mothers on EBF and actively involve the spouse in supporting their wives to exclusively breastfeed
A research report submitted to the faculty of clinical medicine and dentistry in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the award of bachelor of medicine and surgery of Kampala international university
HIV positive mothers, Breastfeeding, Maternal child health clinic, Kampala International University teaching hospital