PMID: 7992344Sep 1, 1994Paper

Early childhood feeding practices in northern Cameroon

Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
E M Einterz, M E Bates

Abstract

Following the identification of differences in disease patterns among infants from households of different social groups (Moslem and non-Moslem) in northern Cameroon, 534 mothers and their children 0-23 months old were studied to determine early childhood feeding practices in the 2 groups. Several significant differences were revealed. Compared with non-Moslem infants, Moslems were more likely to be given animal milk instead of breast milk before the age of 3 d. On average, millet pap was introduced to Moslem babies between their 1st and 2nd months and to non-Moslem babies between their 3rd and 4th months. Moslem mothers more commonly prepared pap with oil or cow butter as an ingredient. Moslem mothers also planned to wean their children at an earlier age than non-Moslems and were less likely to report boiling their children's drinking water. Moslem mothers of infants less than 5 months old were likely to believe their breast milk was insufficient. The implications of these findings on the higher incidence of infant diarrhoea, stunting and early childhood death among Moslems are discussed.

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Jul 1, 1990·Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene·S Almroth, P D Bidinger
Jan 2, 1993·Lancet·A M PrenticeR G Whitehead
Jul 1, 1993·Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene·E M Einterz, M E Bates

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