Time trends and determinants of breastfeeding practices among adolescents and young women in Nigeria, 2003-2018

Lenka Benova, Manahil Siddiqi, Ibukun-Oluwa Omolade Abejirinde, Okikiolu Badejo

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Abstract

Introduction Optimal breastfeeding practices have far-reaching health and economic benefits. Evidence suggests disparities in breastfeeding practices by maternal age-groups, with younger mothers often having lower rates of breastfeeding initiation, continuation and exclusivity compared with older mothers. There is limited knowledge of trends and factors associated with breastfeeding practices, particularly among adolescent and younger mothers in Nigeria. We examine key breastfeeding practices in Nigeria over a 15-year period, comparing adolescent mothers to young women. Methods We used four Nigeria Demographic and Health Surveys collected between 2003 and 2018. We constructed six key breastfeeding indicators to cover the time period of breastfeeding from initiation to child age 24 months in women of three maternal age groups at the time of birth: young adolescents (

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere002516
JournalBMJ Global Health
Volume5
Issue number8
Number of pages14
ISSN2059-7908
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • child health
  • maternal health
  • nutrition
  • public health
  • cross-sectional survey
  • COMPARATIVE RISK-ASSESSMENT
  • SYSTEMATIC ANALYSIS
  • GLOBAL BURDEN
  • CHILD HEALTH
  • DURATION
  • INITIATION
  • DISEASE
  • PREGNANCIES
  • SETTINGS
  • CLUSTERS

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