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Oct. 8, 2016, 4:08 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: SAB-DATA-3

“The median duration of breastfeeding in Lesotho is 17.2 months; that is, half of children are breastfed until age 17.2 months (Table 11.4). The median duration of exclusive breastfeeding is almost four months, and the median duration of predominant breastfeeding (i.e., the period in which an infant receives only water or other nonmilk liquids in addition to breast milk) is four and a half months” (167). “Median durations of exclusive and predominant breastfeeding have been increasing since 2004. Exclusive breastfeeding rose from 0.9 months in 2004 to 2.5 months in 2009, and to 3.9 months in 2014. Predominant breastfeeding was 3.0 months in 2004, 4.6 months in 2009, and 4.5 ...more
Oct. 8, 2016, 4:07 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: SAB-DATA-3

“Fifty-five percent of children under age 6 months are exclusively breastfed. Median duration of exclusive breastfeeding is 2.8 months” (151). “Table 11.3 and Figure 11.3 show that almost all Bangladeshi babies are breastfed for the first year of life. Children are breastfed for an extended time; at age 20-23 months, 87 percent of children are still being breastfed” (159). “Among infants under age 2 months, 80 percent are exclusively breastfed, while other infants are given water (7 percent), other milk (9 percent), and complementary foods (2 percent) in addition to breast milk” (159). “Between the 2007 BDHS and the 2011 BDHS there was a sharp increase in exclusive breastfeeding, from ...more
Sept. 14, 2016, 4:05 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: SAB-DATA-3

“Seventeen percent of children less than age 6 months are exclusively breastfed. The median duration of exclusive breastfeeding (0.5 months) has remained unchanged since 2008” (175). “The median duration of any breastfeeding in Nigeria is 18.3 months” (186). “Median duration of breastfeeding is higher among children residing in rural areas (19.5 months), children of mothers with no education (21.0 months), and those in the lowest wealth quintile (21.4 months). The median duration of breastfeeding is highest in the North West (21.0 months) and lowest in the South East (14.1 months). The mean duration of any breastfeeding for all children is 18.2 months” (186). “Table 11.4 also shows that the median ...more
Sept. 14, 2016, 3:55 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: SAB-DATA-3

“Breastfeeding is common in Namibia, with 94 percent of children breastfed at some point during childhood. The median breastfeeding duration in Namibia is 16.8 months. Exclusive breastfeeding, on the other hand, is relatively short, with a median duration of less than one month” (xxiii). “By age 6-9 months, 72 percent of children are receiving complementary foods. Two in three children age 18-23 months have been weaned” (xxiii). “Rural children are breastfed for twice as long as urban children (18.8 months versus 9.8 months). Children living in Kavango (20.6 months) and Caprivi (20 months) are breastfed longer than children in other regions. Highly educated mothers and those in the higher wealth ...more
Sept. 14, 2016, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: SAB-DATA-3

“Almost all children in Ghana (98 percent) are breastfed at some point in their life. Fifty-two percent of children younger than 6 months were exclusively breastfed. The median duration of exclusive breastfeeding is about four months” (153). “Data show that duration of breastfeeding is long in Ghana; almost 9 in 10 children are breastfed until age 12-15 months. More than half (52 percent) of children under 6 months are exclusively breastfed. However, only 36 percent are continued to exclusively breastfeed at 4-5 months” (160). “As noted previously and as shown in Figure 11.4, 52 percent of children under age 6 months and 36 percent of those age 4-5 months are ...more
Sept. 12, 2016, 3:55 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: SAB-DATA-3

“Seventeen percent of children less than age 6 months are exclusively breastfed. The median duration of exclusive breastfeeding (0.5 months) has remained unchanged since 2008” (175). “The median duration of any breastfeeding in Nigeria is 18.3 months” (186). “Median duration of breastfeeding is higher among children residing in rural areas (19.5 months), children of mothers with no education (21.0 months), and those in the lowest wealth quintile (21.4 months). The median duration of breastfeeding is highest in the North West (21.0 months) and lowest in the South East (14.1 months). The mean duration of any breastfeeding for all children is 18.2 months” (186). “Table 11.4 also shows that the median ...more
Sept. 12, 2016, 3:50 a.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: SAB-DATA-3

“The duration of breastfeeding in Kenya is long, with at least half of children being breastfed until 2 years. The proportion of children who are currently breastfeeding decreases with increasing child age with 88 percent among children age 12-17 months and to 61 percent among children age 18-23 months” (165). “The median duration of any breastfeeding in Kenya is 21.0 months. Differences in the median duration of breastfeeding by background characteristics are small except by region. The median duration of any breastfeeding is longest in Eastern (24.5 months) and shortest in North Eastern region (19.4 months)” (167). “The median duration of predominant breastfeeding is 4.4 months” (167). “Since the 2008-09 ...more
Sept. 12, 2016, 3:47 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: SAB-DATA-3

“Seventeen percent of children less than age 6 months are exclusively breastfed. The median duration of exclusive breastfeeding (0.5 months) has remained unchanged since 2008” (175). “The median duration of any breastfeeding in Nigeria is 18.3 months” (186). “Median duration of breastfeeding is higher among children residing in rural areas (19.5 months), children of mothers with no education (21.0 months), and those in the lowest wealth quintile (21.4 months). The median duration of breastfeeding is highest in the North West (21.0 months) and lowest in the South East (14.1 months). The mean duration of any breastfeeding for all children is 18.2 months” (186). “Table 11.4 also shows that the median ...more
Sept. 12, 2016, 3:46 a.m.
Countries: Swaziland
Variables: SAB-DATA-3

“Overall, 87 percent of children in Swaziland are breastfed for some period of time (ever breastfed). The median duration of any breastfeeding in Swaziland is almost 17 months. However, the median duration of exclusive breastfeeding is much shorter (0.7 months)” (xxv). “Overall, 87 percent of children were breastfed at some point (i.e., ever breastfed). Although most children were breastfed, children whose delivery was assisted by a health professional or who were born in a health facility are more likely to have been breastfed than children whose delivery was assisted by a traditional birth attendant or other person, or children born at home” (145). “The likelihood that breastfeeding was initiated shortly ...more
Sept. 12, 2016, 3:45 a.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: SAB-DATA-3

“The results show that a low proportion of children in the Philippines continue breastfeeding beyond the first year of life; two out of five (41 percent) children age 20-23 months were still being breastfed at the time of the survey. Nevertheless, this is higher than the 2008 NDHS figure of 34 percent (NSO and ICF Macro, 2009)” (140). “The overall median duration of any breastfeeding in the Philippines is 16.7 months (Table 11.3). This means that half of children are not being breastfed after 17 months. Children in rural areas are breastfed longer than children in urban areas (18 months compared with 11 months)” (141). “The median duration of breastfeeding ...more
July 27, 2016, 10:06 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: SAB-DATA-3

“Breastfeeding is nearly universal in Bangladesh: 90 percent of children are breastfed until age 2, as recommended” (161). “Sixty-four percent of children less than age 6 months are exclusively breastfed, and the median duration of exclusive breastfeeding is 3.5 months” (161). “As shown in Table 11.3 and Figure 11.3, almost all Bangladeshi children are breastfed during the first year of life, and breastfeeding continues through the second year for 90 percent of the children. However, supplementing breast milk with other liquids or foods starts at an early age in Bangladesh” (170). “Although 64 percent of all children under age 6 months are exclusively breastfed, only 36 percent of those age ...more
July 27, 2016, 10:05 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: SAB-DATA-3

“Almost all children (97 percent) are breastfed at some point. Exclusive breastfeeding is uncommon, however; only 32 percent of children under age 6 months are exclusively breastfed. The median duration for exclusive breastfeeding among Sierra Leone children is 0.6 months, unchanged since 2008” (143). “Sixty-two percent of children age 6-9 months are consuming the recommended breast milk and complementary foods, and 68 percent of children age 12-23 months are consuming both” (143). “Twenty-one percent of children are given something before breastfeeding (prelacteal feed). Children whose delivery was assisted by someone other than a health professional and children who were delivered at home are more likely to receive a prelacteal feed, ...more
April 30, 2016, 2:05 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: SAB-DATA-3

“However, only 44 percent of babies are put to the breast within one hour of birth (as recommended), and a total of 62 percent of babies have begun breastfeeding within the first day after birth. The overall median duration of any breastfeeding is 22.3 months, which is similar to the duration in the 2002-2003 (22.1 months)” (xxv, xxvi). “The overall median duration of any breastfeeding in Indonesia is about 21 months, and the mean duration is about the same. The median duration of exclusive breastfeeding is about one month, while the mean duration is about three months” (172). “Figure 14.2 shows that the median duration of any breastfeeding in Indonesia ...more
April 27, 2016, 7:31 p.m.
Countries: Zambia
Variables: SAB-DATA-3

“The median duration of breastfeeding among children born in the three years before the survey is 20.1 months” (155). “Ninety-two percent of all children are still breastfeeding at age 1, and 42 percent are still breastfeeding at age 2” (165). “The median duration of any breastfeeding in Zambia is 20 months, similar to the median duration of breastfeeding reported in the 2007 ZDHS” (166). “The mean duration of breastfeeding is also 20 months” (166). “Median duration of breastfeeding is somewhat lower among children in urban than in rural areas (17.5 months versus 21.2 months). It ranges from 17.1 months in Copperbelt to 22.1 months in Muchinga” (166). “There is an ...more
April 27, 2016, 9:05 a.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: SAB-DATA-3

“The median duration of any breastfeeding is 19.7 months in Sierra Leone, although the median duration of exclusive breastfeeding is extremely short—less than one month” (xxvi). “Almost all children (95 percent) under age 6 months are breastfed and, at age 12-15 months, the majority of children (82 percent) are still breastfeeding. By age 20-23 months, 50 percent of children have been weaned” (150). “The median duration of any breastfeeding in Sierra Leone is 20 months, although the median duration of exclusive breastfeeding is very short—less than one month” (151).
April 26, 2016, 2:17 p.m.
Countries: Cambodia
Variables: SAB-DATA-3

“The median duration of breastfeeding among children born in the three years before the survey is 18 months” (173). “Among children less than age 6 months, 11 percent consume breast milk and plain water and 7 percent consume other milk in addition to breast milk. Although 76 percent of children begin eating complementary foods at age 6-8 months, 9 percent of children continue to be exclusively breastfed and 6 percent receive just plain water in addition to breast milk. Only 37 percent of Cambodian children continue to breastfeed until age 2 (Table 16.3), and thus 63 percent are deprived of valuable nutrients during this period. Exclusive breastfeeding quickly declines from ...more
April 26, 2016, 2:16 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: SAB-DATA-3

“The results indicate that breastfeeding continues for the majority of Egyptian children well beyond the first year of life. At age 12-17 months, more than 7 in 10 children are still being breastfed, and more than one-quarter of children 18-23 months continue to be breastfed” (160). “The continued breastfeeding indicators in Figure 12.2 show that breastfeeding continues well into the first year of life for most children. However, by age two years, the majority of children are weaned. Although bottle feeding is discouraged, one in five Egyptian children age 0-23 months is bottle fed” (162). “The median duration of breastfeeding is 17.1 months. On average, children are exclusively breastfed or ...more
April 26, 2016, 2:15 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: SAB-DATA-3

“Table 11.4 shows that the median duration of any breastfeeding (i.e., the length of time in months for which half of children are breastfed) is 18.4 months. Large differences are observed by governorate, with median duration of any breastfeeding being highest in Hajjah Governorate (23 months) and lowest in Mareb and Aldhalae governorates (15 months each). Median durations of any breastfeeding are shorter for children whose mothers have some education (17-18 months) than for children of mothers with no education (20 months). Median duration of breastfeeding generally declines as wealth quintile increases” (131). “The median duration of any breastfeeding has fluctuated over time, increasing from 17.8 months in the 1997 ...more
Jan. 2, 2015, 7:51 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: SAB-DATA-3

"Among children age 6-9 months, only three in four children receive complementary food. Complementary feeding among children age 6–9 months has improved in the last three years from 62 percent in 2004 to 74 percent in 2007" (152). "The median duration of breastfeeding among Bangladeshi children is 32.8 months, which has not changed since the 2004 BDHS. The median duration of exclusive breastfeeding is estimated at 1.8 months, and the median duration of predominant breastfeeding is 3.2 months. The mean duration of any breastfeeding is 32.5 months, while the mean duration of exclusive breastfeeding is 3.3 months and of predominant breastfeeding 4.8 months" (155). "For many breastfeeding children, liquids other ...more
Jan. 2, 2015, 6:40 p.m.
Countries: Kyrgyzstan
Variables: SAB-DATA-3

"Complementary foods are not introduced in a timely fashion for all children. Only 57 percent of children age 6-8 months receive complementary foods" (183). Table 12.3 Breastfeeding status by age and Figure 2.3 Infant feeding practices by age, Kyrgyz Republic, 2012. "The 2012 KgDHS collected data on infant and young child feeding for all last-born children under age 2 living with their mothers, using a 24-hour recall method. As Table 12.3 and Figure 12.3 show, a large majority of children in the Kyrgyz Republic are breastfed during the first year of life, and breastfeeding continues through the second year for over half of the children. However, contrary to recommended practices, ...more
Jan. 2, 2015, 2:42 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: SAB-DATA-3

"Table 11.4 shows that the median duration of any breastfeeding (i.e., the length of time in months for which half of children are breastfed) is 19.6 months. Children are breastfed one and a half months longer on average in rural areas (20.6 months) than in urban areas (18.9 months). Median durations of any breastfeeding are shorter for children with mothers who have at least some secondary education (19.0 months) than for children of mothers with no education (20.8). Large differences are observed by region, with median duration of any breastfeeding being highest in North Central region (21.4 months) and lowest in South Central (16.9 months). The median duration of breastfeeding ...more
Dec. 26, 2014, 12:35 p.m.
Countries: Ethiopia
Variables: SAB-DATA-3

Table 11.3: Breastfeeding status by age. "Table 11.3 shows the percent distribution of youngest children under two years living with the mother by breastfeeding status and the percentage of children under two years using a bottle with a nipple, according to age in months. The data presented in Table 11.3 and Figure 11.3 show that exclusive breastfeeding during the first six months after birth is not widely practised in Ethiopia. Currently, mothers exclusively breastfeed approximately half of children under six months (52 percent). Among sub-groups the percentage of young children who are exclusively breastfed decreases sharply from 70 percent of infants age 0-1 month to 55 percent of those age ...more
April 26, 2014, 4:56 p.m.
Countries: Tajikistan
Variables: SAB-DATA-3

“The total median duration of any breastfeeding among children in Tajikistan in 2012 is 19 months. The total median duration of exclusive breastfeeding is two months, while the total median duration of predominant breastfeeding is five months [see Table 12.4 on page 158]” (157). “For many breastfeeding children, liquids other than breast milk are introduced earlier than the recommended age of 6 months. As shown in Table 12.5, 11 percent of breastfeeding children age 2-3 months are given infant formula, and 7 percent receive other milk in addition to breast milk. By age 9 months, every child is expected to be receiving at least one daily feeding of solid or ...more
March 26, 2014, 1:51 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: SAB-DATA-3

“Complementary foods are introduced in a timely fashion for most children. Overall, more than 9 in 10 children age 6-8 months consume solid or semisolid foods” (151)
March 20, 2014, 4:37 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: SAB-DATA-3

“Information on the types of food given to children under age two in the 24 hours preceding the survey, according to breastfeeding status, is shown in Table 11.5 [page 156]. In Jordan, the introduction of other liquids such as water, juice, and formula takes place earlier than the recommended age of about six months. Even among the youngest breastfed children (under age two months), almost one in two (45 percent) children receive milk other than breast milk and one in five (19 percent) consumes other liquids. WHO recommends the introduction of solid food to infants around age six months because by that age breast milk by itself is no longer ...more
Feb. 10, 2014, 5:36 p.m.
Countries: East Timor
Variables: SAB-DATA-3

"The median duration of any type of breastfeeding in Timor-Leste is 17.5 months, while the mean duration is about 18.2 months. The median duration of exclusive breastfeeding is 2.5 months, while the mean duration is 4 months. The median duration of exclusive breastfeeding is longest in Aileu (5.5 months) and shortest in Dili (1.6 months). The data also show that the median duration of breastfeeding among children is longer in the lowest two wealth quintiles (3.1 months or longer) compared with children in the highest wealth quintile (1.4 months)" (156)
Sept. 1, 2013, 4:47 p.m.
Countries: Maldives
Variables: SAB-DATA-3

"The median duration of any breastfeeding in Maldives is 25.3 months, and the mean duration is 23.9 months. The median duration does not vary much by the child’s background characteristics. Children in households in the fourth wealth quintile are breastfed for the shortest duration (19.9 months), while other children are breastfed for 25-27 months. At the national level, the median duration of exclusive breastfeeding is 2.2 months" (122). "The median duration of predominant breastfeeding, which is defined as exclusive breast- feeding or breastfeeding in combination with plain water, water-based liquids, or juices, is 3.5 months in Maldives. There is little variation by subgroups of children" (122)
May 15, 2013, 8:45 p.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: SAB-DATA-3

"The median duration of any breastfeeding is 14 months, which means that half of children under age three are not being breastfed after 14 months" (140)
April 19, 2013, 7:18 p.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: SAB-DATA-3

"Overall, the median duration of breastfeeding in Ghana is 20 months and the median duration of exclusive breastfeeding is 3 months" (xxiv, xxv). "All children under six months in Ghana are breastfed and at age 12-15 months, the vast majority of children (95 percent) are still breastfeeding. By age 20-23 months, 56 percent of children have been weaned. While breastfeeding extends for a long time in Ghana, exclusive breastfeeding has short duration; 84 percent of children under 2 months of age are exclusively breastfed; by age 4-5 months, only 49 percent are still being exclusively breastfed" (186). "The median duration of any breastfeeding in Ghana is long—20 months, although the ...more
April 5, 2013, 11:27 a.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: SAB-DATA-3

“Ninety-six percent of children born in the five years preceding the survey were breastfed for a period of time. Although the median duration of breastfeeding is 10 months, the duration of exclusive and predominant breastfeeding (breastfeeding plus plain water) is short: less than one month and two months, respectively” (xxi). “Although the World Health Organization recommends that breastfeeding children under age 6 months not receive supplemental foods, the UDHS indicates that approximately one in five breastfeeding children under age 6 months receives solid or semisolid foods. Almost all children age 6-23 months receive solid or semisolid food. The proportion consuming various foods is generally higher among nonbreastfeeding children age 6-23 ...more