What is it about?

Social and cultural factors were among the six identified determinants of low exclusive breastfeeding rates globally. This paper identified specific sociocultural practices and social figures, how these social figures influence a mother's choice to breastfeed exclusively from 0 - 6 months and the implication for health facility and community level breastfeeding promotion interventions.

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Our findings revealed a need for culture-sensitive and community-driven policies and integrated interventions throughout the prenatal to the postnatal period that addresses social and cultural barriers by engaging and empowering the community. The findings from this study, including the key role that grandmothers and husbands have in decisions about breastfeeding, demonstrate the need to engage partner and relative support and commitments to exclusive breastfeeding.


I hope this article provides qualitative insight to community programme designers and implementers, policymakers and child nutrition experts as we collaboratively work toward reducing infant mortality in developing countries

Friday Joseph

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This page is a summary of: A qualitative exploration of the sociocultural determinants of exclusive breastfeeding practices among rural mothers, North West Nigeria, International Breastfeeding Journal, August 2019, Springer Science + Business Media,
DOI: 10.1186/s13006-019-0231-z.
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