Breastfeeding Practices and Childhood Nutritional Outcomes in Rural India
Robert W Buckingham* and Renata Ferretti
University of Michigan, Flint, Michigan, United States
*Corresponding Author:Robert W Buckingham, University of Michigan, Flint,
Michigan, United States.
February 17, 2022; Published: March 15, 2022
Objective: To investigate the factors in relation to childhood nutritional outcomes and breastfeeding practices in rural and urban
Methods: The research was conducted through a literary review of various public health interventions and research exclusive to
breastfeeding, maternal nutrition, and child nutrition outcomes in India.
Results : There were several factors related to childhood malnutrition and the termination of exclusive breastfeeding in regard to the
mothers rural and urban setting.
Conclusion: Childhood malnutrition can be directly linked to the termination of exclusive breastfeeding practices and a shortened
duration of breastfeeding. There are several varying factors that impact breastfeeding rates and maternal nutritional including: maternal
autonomy, gender of the child, age of the mother, socio-economic status of the mother, and the current lacking Indian healthcare
infrastructure. Interventions based on the rural and urban areas will contribute to the reduction of child mortality and increasing
exclusive breastfeeding rates.
Keywords:Breastfeeding; Breastfeeding Practices; Infants; India; Nutrition; Children
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