Date of Award

January 2012

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Department

School of Public Health

First Advisor

Rafael Perez-Escamilla

Second Advisor

Gary Desir

Abstract

The 2005/2006 Standard Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) from Haiti was used to examine associations between sociodemographic, anthropometric, and early feeding characteristics, with exclusive breast-feeding (EBF) outcomes among 0- to 6-month old infants. The 2005/2006 Standard DHS Survey is a nationally-representative survey that included 9,998 households. Multivariate logistic regression was used to identify factors associated with EBF in the study sample of mother/infant pairs (n=306). Significant associations were found between EBF and infant age (0- through 6-months), prelacteal feeds (none, water-based, and milk-based), place of delivery (home and public/private facility) and maternal marital status (married, cohabitational, and unmarried) and an association was found between EBF and maternal BMI (underweight, normal weight, overweight, and obese). These findings should be used to inform policy decisions to promote EBF among mothers of infants 0- to 6-months old in Haiti.

Comments

This is an Open Access Thesis.

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