alexa Factors associated with the initiation of breast feeding by women in the Dominican Republic
Reproductive Medicine

Reproductive Medicine

Clinics in Mother and Child Health

Author(s): Bautista LE

Abstract Share this page

The determinants of initiating breast-feeding vary among different populations, but knowledge of them is of fundamental importance for guiding programs to promote breast-feeding. Data from the Demographic and Health Survey of 1991 in the Dominican Republic were used to identify factors associated with the initiation of breast-feeding in a random sample of women of reproductive age. Approximately 93% of 2,714 mothers reported having begun to breast-feed their last live-born child who was currently under 5 years of age, and that percentage had not changed substantially in the past 5 years. A logistic regression analysis was done in which odd ratios (psi) were calculated as measures of association. Women who had suffered some type of illness during pregnancy (psi = 2.3), those whose child had a low birthweight (psi = 2.9), primiparas (psi = 1.9), and those with medium (psi = 1.6) or high (psi = 2.1) income levels showed a significantly higher risk of not starting to breast-feed. These women should be considered priority groups by breast-feeding promotion programs.

  • To read the full article Visit
  • Open Access
This article was published in Rev Panam Salud Publica. and referenced in Clinics in Mother and Child Health

Relevant Expert PPTs

Relevant Speaker PPTs

Recommended Conferences

Peer Reviewed Journals
Make the best use of Scientific Research and information from our 700 + peer reviewed, Open Access Journals
International Conferences 2017-18
Meet Inspiring Speakers and Experts at our 3000+ Global Annual Meetings

Contact Us

© 2008-2017 OMICS International - Open Access Publisher. Best viewed in Mozilla Firefox | Google Chrome | Above IE 7.0 version