What is it about?

Introducing newborns to breastfeeding within the first hour of delivery confers numerous benefits on mothers and babies. This study assesed the rural-urban differences in the rates and factors associated with early initiation of breastfeeding in Nigeria.

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Early initiation of breastfeeding (EIBF) improves the survival status of mothers and neonates. However, the rate of EIBF is low and declining in Nigeria. Previous studies have investigated the determinants of EIBF for the pooled Nigerian population. The present study examined how the rates and the determinants differ between rural and urban areas in the country.

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This study provides further evidence which may inform policy aimed at improving EIBF in Nigeria.

Emmanuel O Adewuyi
Queensland University of Technology

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This page is a summary of: Rural-urban differences on the rates and factors associated with early initiation of breastfeeding in Nigeria: further analysis of the Nigeria demographic and health survey, 2013, International Breastfeeding Journal, December 2017, Springer Science + Business Media, DOI: 10.1186/s13006-017-0141-x.
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