Kurzewski, K.; Meeks Gardner, Julie
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Caribbean Child Development Centre
Breast feeding patterns among six-week-old term infants at the University Hospital of the West Indies
West Indian Medical Journal
Date of Publication
Eighty-nine mothers attending post-natal clinics at the University Hospital of the West Indies were interviewed at six weeks postpartum regarding their breast-feeding patterns and problems. Breastfeeding was practiced by 97.8% of the mothers, with 29.9% practicing exclusive breastfeeding and 70.1% partial breastfeeding. Only two women were solely bottle feeding. The pattern of breastfeeding was not significantly affected by maternal parity, age, education, employment or socioeconomic status. An intention to wean later (at six months) or when the mother felt the baby was 'ready,' was associated with increasing parity, age and further education. Babies who were exclusively breastfed achieved greater weight gain compared with those who partially breastfed but this difference did not achieve statistical significance. Breastfeeding trends appear to have remained stable over the last several years.....