Social Factors Influencing the Breastfeeding Practices

Breast feeding is linked with later introduction of beverages among other foods as well as low obesity in the children. The primary objective of the study was to establish these truths in the society, and how this affects the development of the children.

Samples used are taken from a clinic where a sufficient number of infants aging from zero months to 24 months can are obtained. Based on the answers given by the caregivers, the study enhances the findings by comparing with the existing data (Sigigaglia, Rios, Campos, Diaz, & Palacios, 2016).

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The data was collected through the qualitative method, in which the participants were interviewed as well as the observation of the general behavior of the mothers. Some of anthropometric measurements were also conducted. The data obtained was also analyzed using scientific methods.

From the study, the results obtained showed that 63.5% of the infants were immediately put in the breastfeeding in the clinics, but out of the number exclusive breast feeding was conducted to only 31%. The proportion is alarming, since it is recommended that for the first six months, an infant is to be put through a regular exclusive breast milk.

The study found that the major social factors that affect the breastfeeding practices include hunger, which affected productivity, employment, in which the mothers are occupied in the jobs, family problems and divorce, healthcare and traditional beliefs which bar the women from exclusively breastfeeding their infants.

Such social factors that have been identified by this study will aid it in finding the best ways of mitigating such factors affecting breastfeeding. The study therefore recognized that the lactating mothers are most likely facing a social problem, and therefore, this study is building more information on the social aspects that result to inclusive breastfeeding, and its effects on the children, so all these factors are relevant to my topic of dissertation. (Sigigaglia, Rios, Campos, Diaz, & Palacios, 2016).



Sigigaglia, O. E., Rios, E. M., Campos, M., Diaz, B., & Palacios, C. (2016). Breastfeeding practises; timing of introduction of complimentary beveragaes and foods and weight status of infants and toddlers participants of a WIC in Puerto Rico. SpringerPlus, 5: 1437.