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The practice of complementary feeding and associated factors among mothers of children 6-23 months of age in Enemay district, Northwest Ethiopia

Dessalew Gessese (GAMBY College of Medical Sciences, Debremarkos, Ethiopia)
Habte Bolka (School of Public and Environmental Health, Hawassa University, Hawassa, Ethiopia)
Amanuel Alemu Abajobir (Public Health Department, Debremarkos University, Debremarkos, Ethiopia)
Desalegn Tegabu (School of Public Health, University of Gondar, Gondar, Ethiopia)

Nutrition & Food Science

ISSN: 0034-6659

Article publication date: 6 May 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

The aim of this study was to assess complementary feeding practice and identify factors associated with it among mothers of children 6-23 months of age in Enemay district, Northwest Ethiopia.

Design/methodology/approach

A community-based cross-sectional study design with a multi-stage sampling technique was undertaken from March to April 2013. Pre-tested structured interviewer-administered questionnaire were used to collect the data. Epi data were used for data entry and cleaning and SPSS for descriptive and logistic regression analysis.

Findings

Timely complementary feeding, minimum acceptable meal frequency and minimum dietary diversity were 56.4, 60.6 and 8.5 percent among the respondents, respectively. The practice of optimal complementary feeding was 40.5 percent. Occupation, knowledge of complementary feeding and family income of the mother, and maternal healthcare services utilization were associated with optimal complementary feeding practice (OCFP).

Originality/value

The proportion of mothers who practiced timely complementary feeding, acceptable meal frequency and dietary diversity, and the overall OCFP were found to be low. Therefore, maternal healthcare services utilization and health information dissemination should be strengthened to all expectant mothers. Type of paper: Original research.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank Debremarkos University and GAMBY College of Medical Sciences for their cooperation to the successful accomplishment of this research. The authors would like to acknowledge the district health office, the health facilities and health extension workers who were kindly cooperated in providing the information required for this research work. The authors take this opportunity to extend their thanks to individuals who participated on data collection process and study participants.

Citation

Gessese, D., Bolka, H., Alemu Abajobir, A. and Tegabu, D. (2014), "The practice of complementary feeding and associated factors among mothers of children 6-23 months of age in Enemay district, Northwest Ethiopia", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 44 No. 3, pp. 230-240. https://doi.org/10.1108/NFS-07-2013-0079

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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