SOCIO-ECONOMIC, HEALTH STATUS AND COMPLEMENTARY FEEDING SCENARIO OF YOUNG LACTATING MOTHER INKUSHTIA DISTRICT OF BANGLADESH
Socio-economic and health status of young mothers and its association to complementary feeding practices were assessed in infants aged 6 to 24 months using a questionnaire, in urban and rural areas in kushtia district, Bangladesh. Objective of the study is to assess the current complementary feeding practices and health status of young mothers. A 24 hour recall was used to identify types of complementary foods given. A total of 220 lactating mothers were enrolled, 90 in urban and 130 in rural areas. The respondent mothers age of this study was 23±4 years in urban and 22±3 years in rural. Monthly income of most the family (28%) in urban areas were more than 20,000 BDT and in rural area 43% family were about 12000BDT. The most common diseases among the lactating mothers were anaemia. About 7% rural mothers have no idea about how to start complementary food. Knowledge regarding appropriate timing of initiation of complementary feeding and feeding commercial infant foods did not vary with maternal education. However maternal knowledge had a significant impact on the consistency of the feed that was offered to infants. Most of the mother in both urban and rural areas fed breast milk more than 8th times per 24 hrs. Thus it was concluded that Complementary feeding practices were inappropriate. Proper health education should be given to dietary quality and quantity for complementary feeding in the study areas.