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Breastfeeding in Botswana

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COURSE CODE: POP401

SURNAME: MBODZE

NAME: THOBEGO

STUDENT ID NO: 200604803

TITLE: BREASTFEEDING IN BOTSWANA

THE FINAL RESEARCH REPORT IS SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULLFILMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS OF A MAJOR IN POPULATION STUDIES.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I will start by forwarding the great sincere to my parents and the ministry of education for the support they gave to me until to the tertiary level. The second group that I will like to applaud is the lecturers of department of population studies and department of sociology especially those who played a part in my research back ground. The last group is the fellow students and librarians thank you for the time you gave to me during my research.

SUMMARY

The government of Botswana in partnership with other organizations is trying their level best to promote breastfeeding and at least to breastfeed for six months, but the BFHS IV (2007) shows that exclusive breastfeeding proportion of infants aged less than 4 months who are exclusively breastfed declined from 29 percent in 2000 to 23.3percent in 2007. Continued breastfeeding rate proportion of children age 12-15 months declined from 53 percent 2000 to 36.5 percent in 2007 and proportion of children age 20-23 months declined from 11 percent in 2000 to 5.9 percent in 2007. These study was important to the public at large is going to benefit from the study because after the research the findings will show the situation of breastfeeding and how it promotes the growth of the child. The main objective was to assess the association of breastfeeding and the socioeconomic status of the mother in Botswana among mothers in the reproductive age (15-49) and the influence/effect of breastfeeding on the growth of the child. The study was done in university of Botswana using secondary data collected by BFHS 2007. The researcher used sampling to select women in the reproductive ages (15-19) and sampled 3533 females in the reproductive ages and 2556...

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