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Factors Associated with Bottle Feeding in Namibia: Findings from Namibia 2013 Demographic and Health Survey
Authors: Berde AS
Source: Journal of Tropical Pediatrics, Published online; DOI: 10.1093/tropej/fmx091
Topic(s): Breastfeeding
Child feeding
Country: Africa
Published: NOV 2017
Abstract: Aim: The aim of this study is to examine the prevalence of bottle feeding (BF) among children aged 0-23?months and factors associated with BF in Namibia. Methods: Data from Namibia 2013 Demographic Health Survey were used for the study. The study covered last-born alive children aged 0-23?months, making up 1926 mother-baby pairs. Chi-square tests and binary logistic regression were used to test for association between BF and related factors. Results: Prevalence of BF in Namibia was 35.7%. In the multivariate analysis, the following factors were significantly associated with increased risk of BF: working mothers, hospital delivery, increasing child age, higher mother's educational status, higher wealth quintile and urban residence. Conclusion: To achieve a substantial decrease in bottle usage rate in Namibia, breastfeeding promotion programmes should target all mothers but especially those at risk of BF highlighted in the study. © The Author [2017]. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: KEYWORDS: Namibia; bottle-feeding; breastfeeding; usage