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Knowledge of the benefits of breastfeeding among HIV-positive nursing mothers in South Western Nigeria

Authors: W.O. Adebimpe, N.A. Adeleke

Journal: UNIOSUN Journal of Sciences

Introduction: The benefits of exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) are protean. WHO encouraged EBF even for HIV positive mothers in sub-Saharan Africa despite the risk of Mother to Child Transmission (MTCT). This study examined the knowledge of benefits of EBF in relation to compliance among HIV-positive women in Southwestern Nigeria. Materials and methods: This descriptive cross-sectional study was carried out among selected 240 HIV-positive nursing mothers. Research instrument was interviewer administered, semi structured questionnaire. Data were analyzed using SPSS software version 17.0. Results: Compliance rate with pre-selected infant feeding options and after delivery was 98.7% for EBF and 54.8% for Exclusive Replacement Feeding (ERF). Eighty two percent had good knowledge of the benefits of breastfeeding. Determinants of good knowledge of EBF were educational status, being married and having received Infant Feeding Counseling (IFC) in Antenatal Care (ANC). (p<0.05).