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Supplementary feeding practices and related factors of mothers of children aged 6-23 months in Rasta District, Amhara region, northeast Ethiopia

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Abstract: Introducing the first two years of life is a key window of opportunity to ensure the best growth and development of children. The lack of nutrition during this period will lead to impaired cognitive development, impaired educational achievement and low economic productivity. Therefore, improving infant and young child feeding (iycf) practices for children aged 0-23 months is essential to improve nutrition, health and development. The objective of this study was to assess the prevalence of supplementary feeding among mothers with 6-year-old children and its related factors - 23 months in Rasta District, northeast Ethiopia, 2015. method. A community-based cross-sectional study design was conducted among 476 mothers whose children were between 6 and 23 months old. ordinary random sampling technique was used to select the required sample. A face-to-face interview was done to collect data using structured questionnaire. Data were entered with EPI info version 3.5.1 and cleaning and analysis were done using SPSS version 16. Frequencies distribution and binary and multiple logistic regressions were done. Results. In this study only 56.5 of children aged 6–23 months received appropriate complementary feeding, considering timely introduction, minimum dietary diversity, and meal frequency. Exposure to public media [AOR = 2.50; 95 CI: ], occupation of mother [AOR = 9.50; 95 CI: ], mothers decision making role on how to use family income [AOR = 5.54; 95 CI: ], and use of postnatal care service [AOR = 5.98; 95 CI: ] were found to be independent predictors of complementary feeding practice. Conclusion and Recommendation. About 43.5 of mothers were not feeding their children complementary food appropriately, which would have negative implication on the health of infants and young children. There was a statistically significant association of inappropriate complementary feeding practices with mothers’ occupation, postnatal care service, media exposure, and mothers’ decision making role on how the money is used. Health professionals should focus on advising and counseling mothers on appropriate complementary feeding during prenatal, delivery, postnatal, and immunization services.

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