Breast Feeding - Experiences of Rural African Women

Speaker: H. M. Nabwera Presented at: 2015 3rd Conference on Federation of African Nutrition Societies (FANUS)


Under nutrition in the under 5’s is associated with significant morbidity and mortality and results in long term physical and neurodevelopmental problems in adulthood. Although, the worldwide trends in the prevalence of under nutrition in the under 5’s show reductions in a number of outcome measures of under nutrition including stunting, underweight and wasting, many countries in sub-Saharan Africa continue to bear the burden of this problem.

Growth faltering between 3 months and 2 years of age also persists unabated. In order to achieve optimal growth in children, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that infants under 6 months of age should be exclusively breastfed, with the introduction of safe and nutritious complementary feeds at 6 months, whilst continuing with breast feeding until the child is 2 years of age. The literature has shown that inadequate breast feeding practices are one of the major contributors of under nutrition in the under 5’s worldwide