Factors affecting the uptake of Exclusive Breastfeeding (EBF) in Kisumu East District, Kenya

Schiller Mbuka, Lawrence Muthami, Anselimo Makokha


Exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) the best means of infant nutrition. This is because it offers great benefits to maternal and child health in general, including prevention of vertical transmission of HIV/ AIDS. This study sought to identify the factors associated with the uptake of EBF among mothers with children aged 0-<6 months. Overall, the uptake of EBF was higher than is seen in other countries in Africa and across the globe. Binary logistic regression identified having male children and ownership of certain assets as positive predictors of EBF uptake. Absence of a chronic disease and knowledge of cultural and traditional practices surrounding EBF were shown to be negatively associated with uptake of EBF.

Keywords: breastfeeding, child health, maternal health

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