Breast-feeding patterns in nine Latin American and Caribbean Countries
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This article uses data from demographic and health surveys carried out in nine Latin American and Caribbean countries between 1984 and l988 to compare breast-feeding patterns in those countries, were findings indicate that 6 percent to 23 percent of the infants are not breast-fed beyond two months of age. Although wide variations in breast-feeding patterns occurred, a number of general trends were noted. To begin with, the mean rate of breast-feeding declined relatively fast in one group of countries (Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Trinidad and Tobago), where half the infants were still breast-fed during their second year of life. Within each of the nine countries, the mean breast-feeding duration was longer in rural than in urban areas and among women with relatively low levels of education. The direction of these relationships was similar when analyses were performed across countries. In addition, a strong inverse relationship was found between the percentage of births attended by health workers in the countries surveyed and the mean duration of breast-feeding in those countriesThis article is also published in spanish in the Bol. Oficina Sanit. Panam, Vol. 114, No. 2, 1993
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