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Abstract                 Volume:6  Issue-8  Year-2018          Original Research Articles


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Case Study of Male Partner Involvement on Initiation and Sustainment of Exclusive Breast Feeding Among Women
D. Chinofunga1*, P. Mageza2, T. Usai2, I. Matiringe2 and J.H. Serere1
1Department of Applied Education: Food Technology and Design, P. Bag 9055, Gweru, Zimbabwe
2Department of Food Science and Nutrition, P. Bag 9055, Gweru, Zimbabwe
*Corresponding author
Abstract:

The aim of this study was to investigate male involvement in Exclusive Breastfeeding, which is a child feeding practice applicable to infants between 0-6 months of age whereby an infant receives breast milk only from his/her mother for the first 6 months of life from birth and no other liquids or solids, unless these have been prescribed by a medical doctor (Kamaloni, 2016). This was a descriptive study that used convenient sampling technique for the selection of participants, having a sample of 36 participants (18 males and 18 females) who had infants below 6 months of age and stayed with their spouses. Data was collected through Focus Group Discussions. Participants were grouped into two groups males and females. The results of the study showed that mothers who have a supportive and encouraging partner are more likely to exclusively breastfeed and breastfeed for a longer duration. Women generally, indicated that men are not helping them with house hold chores so as to lessen the work load for them to have time for breast feeding. As a recommendation, the Ministry of Health and Child Care should ensure the integration of males in Exclusive Breastfeeding into the already existing Maternal and Child health and Nutrition programs in the community.

Keywords: Exclusive; complimentary; Breastfeeding; infant; Milk
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Chinofunga, D., P. Mageza, T. Usai, I. Matiringe and Serere, J.H. 2018. Case Study of Male Partner Involvement on Initiation and Sustainment of Exclusive Breast Feeding Among Women.Int.J.Curr.Res.Aca.Rev. 6(8): 67-74
doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.20546/ijcrar.2018.608.007