Journal Article

Breastfeeding Practices in Urban Riyadh

Ibrahim H. Al-Ayed and M. Irfan Qureshi

in Journal of Tropical Pediatrics

Volume 44, issue 2, pages 113-117
Published in print April 1998 | ISSN: 0142-6338
Published online April 1998 | e-ISSN: 1465-3664 | DOI:
Breastfeeding Practices in Urban Riyadh

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Three hundred and forty-seven mother-infant pairs attending a well baby clinc in a University Hospital in Riyadh were interviewed on the type of feeding given to their infants. The objective was to assess the latest trend of infant feeding practices in an urban population and to compare present trends and their significance with previous reports. Results showed that 32.4 per cent of infants at 3 months and 22.1 per cent of infants at 6 months were exclusively breastfed; 18.2, 48.4, and 65.4 per cent were exclusively bottle fed at 3 months, 6 months, and 1 year respectively. Weaning foods were added between 3 and 6 months to a very high percentage of infants. insufficient breast milk and refusal of breast by the infant were among the most common reasons for introduction of bottle feeds.

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