Exclusive breastfeeding in Vietnam: an attainable goal

Almroth, S., Arts, M., Dinh Quang, N., Thi Thuy Hoa, P. and WILLIAMS, CAROL (2008) Exclusive breastfeeding in Vietnam: an attainable goal Acta Paediatrica, 97 (8). pp. 1066-1069. ISSN 0803-5253

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Abstract

AIM: To explore community views on the feasibility of exclusive breastfeeding in Vietnam. METHODS: A total of 118 interviews were conducted with mothers, grandmothers, fathers, health workers and 'oldest women' in rural and urban areas in the north and south of Vietnam. Special issues were further examined through 12 'strategic interviews'. FINDINGS: Exclusive breastfeeding was rare because it was poorly understood and little appreciated, by health professionals as well as lay persons, as the best way to feed an infant during the first 6 months. Early fluid supplementation was the rule and most infants received water and milk in addition to breast milk. While a majority of the women worked, they had found ways to manage their work so that it did not need to interfere with exclusive breastfeeding. Family members expressed a readiness to support exclusive breastfeeding when it was explained to them.

Item Type: Journal article
Subjects: B000 Health Professions > B700 Nursing and Midwifery
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2008.00844.x
Faculties: Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2012 11:10
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2013 12:31
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/9342

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