Search in Medwell
 
 
Research Journal of Biological Sciences
Year: 2011 | Volume: 6 | Issue: 8 | Page No.: 399-401
DOI: 10.3923/rjbsci.2011.399.401  
Breastfeeding Attitude and Weaning Practices of Mothers in the Okola Health District, Cameroon
Patrice Djiele Ngameni , Estelle Sajo Nana and Honorine Rikong Adie
 
Abstract: Patterns of infant feeding based on knowledge, attitude regarding breastfeeding and weaning practices were conducted in three rural communities in the Okola health district. The study was investigated using structured questionnaires which were administered to 57 mothers. At birth, 74% of mothers fed their children solely with breast milk but 26% gave them honey, sweetened water or artificial milk the 1st 2 days. The period of exclusive breastfeeding varied from 2 weeks to 7 months. Most women (63%) who were interviewed practised mixed breastfeeding before the age of 3 months. In these localities, the complementary food that mothers gave to their infants during weaning was pap generally made up of maize, soya beans, groundnuts or rice. These mothers had very limited information on food enrichment.
 
How to cite this article:
Patrice Djiele Ngameni, Estelle Sajo Nana and Honorine Rikong Adie , 2011. Breastfeeding Attitude and Weaning Practices of Mothers in the Okola Health District, Cameroon. Research Journal of Biological Sciences, 6: 399-401.
DOI: 10.3923/rjbsci.2011.399.401
URL: http://medwelljournals.com/abstract/?doi=rjbsci.2011.399.401