Research Article
Volume 15 Issue 7 - 2020
Study of the Relationship between Exclusive Breastfeeding Rates and the Cost of Infant Health Care of Nurses at Kenyatta National Hospital, Kenya
Queenter Oyato1*, A Amadi2 and SB Otieno2
1Ministry of Health, Afya House, Nairobi County, Kenya
2Department of Public Health, Great Lakes University of Kisumu, Kisumu County, Kenya
*Corresponding Author: Queenter Oyato, Ministry of Health, Afya House, Nairobi County, Kenya.
Received: June 03, 2020; Published: June 20, 2020


Prevalence of exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) rates remain relatively low at 36% globally and 36% in Africa as comparable to Kenya (61%). The reason for this remains speculative at this point. Thus, to investigate the issue further, this study was conducted. The low EBF rates have also been associated with higher morbidity. The study was set to determine the costs of morbidity associated with low EBF among nurses at Kenyatta National Hospital. The study used prospective cohort design and data was collected using structured questionnaire. A sample of 435 EBF and N-EBF nurses cross matched for age, marital status infant age, and parity were enrolled. The study showed that majority of the nurses were of age between 30 - 34 years, majority (40%) were married and most of them had one child. About 214 nurses’ children had experienced disease incidences (RTI, GE and OM). There was significant association between disease incidences and feeding practice (p < 0.05). The children who were exposed were 2.69 times more likely to suffer from the three diseases. The overall baseline factor revealed that the group exposed to NONEBF were more likely to suffer from RTI, GE and OM than the unexposed.

Keywords: Exclusive Breastfeeding (EBF); RTI; GE; OM


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