Breast feeding practices in the Black community
Our study was designed to obtain information about the prevalence of breast-feeding among rural and urban Blacks, to determine whether the number of women providing early supplementary feeding has increased over a 4-year period, and to discover groups at particular risk of failure to breast-feed optimally. Women attending child health clinics were interviewed. Over 95% had commenced breastfeeding, but only 50% were still doing so after 5 - 8 weeks. Women uncertain of whether or not to breast-feed and those unsuccessful on a previous· occasion are as likely to commence breast-feeding as are other groups, but are more likely to introduce early supplementation. Improvements in hospital and clinic practice as regards a greater emphasis on health education, early sucklirtg and the'avoidance of supplementary feeding in neonates may have contributed to the slight improvement in breastfeeding practices seen over the 4-year period studied.
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