A descriptive study of the determinants of the sustenance of breastfeeding was carried out in a group of 36 mothers who delivered at Cebu Velez General Hospital from February to May, 1994. At present, their babies are being followed-up at CVGH-OPD well-baby Clinic. Data were collected by means of interviews or questionnaires. Nineteen (52.8%) mothers breastfed for less than 4 months. Two (5.6%) breastfed for 4 months. The remaining 15 (41.7%) continued for more than 4 months. Discontinuation was due to a number of reasons; the most common being maternal employment (69%). Non-employment (28.1%) was the most common reason for continuance of breastfeeding. There was a direct relationship between the age of the mother and the number of children to the duration of breastfeeding. Both the mother's educational attainment and approximate monthly family income were inversely related to the duration of breastfeeding.
To determine the factors promoting sustenance of breastfeeding for at least 4 months.
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