Show simple item record Frans, R. A. Malema, R. N. Matlala, S. F. 2016-10-07T06:18:32Z 2016-10-07T06:18:32Z 2015-12
dc.description Published in: African Journal for Physical, Health Education, Recreation and Dance (AJPHERD) December 2015 (Supplement 1:4), pp. 812-825 en_US
dc.description.abstract The aim of this study was to determine the knowledge and practices of exclusive breastfeeding and the challenges facing mothers in the Mahwelereng local area of Limpopo Province, South Africa. A simple random sampling method was used to select 275 mothers with babies younger than six months old from six primary health care clinics. A self-structured questionnaire was used for data collection. Less than half (74; 42.3%) of the mothers practised exclusive breastfeeding and 137 (78.3%) had been given information about exclusive breastfeeding. There is an association between knowledge of exclusive breastfeeding (Chi-Square= 14.039; Sig=0.000; p<0.05) and exclusive breastfeeding practice. There is no association between exclusive breastfeeding practice and HIV status (Chi-Square=2.444; Sig=0.118; p>0.05). Challenges that mothers faced in relation to practising exclusive breastfeeding were work, school and health-related and,-pressure from family to mix-feed. However, 42.9% of the respondents indicated that they did not have any challenges with regard to the practice of breastfeeding. One-on-one counselling about exclusive breastfeeding needs to be intensified and maternity leave should be extended from four to sixmonths. The majority of respondents showed adequate knowledge of what exclusive breastfeeding was because they had been counselled about breastfeeding although they were not practising it. Keywords: Exclusive breastfeeding, mothers, knowledge, practices, mix-feeding. en_US
dc.format.extent Journal article, 14 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Limpopo en_US
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dc.subject Exclusive breastfeeding en_US
dc.subject Mothers en_US
dc.subject Mix-feeding en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Breastfeeding en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Breastfeeding promotion en_US
dc.title Knowledge and practices of mothers regarding exclusive breastfeeding in the Mahwelereng local area of the Limpopo Province, South Africa en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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