[Cross-sectional study on the current situation of breast feeding in western China rural areas]

Zhonghua Yu Fang Yi Xue Za Zhi. 2007 May;41(3):183-5.
[Article in Chinese]


Objective: To know the situation of breastfeeding of infants in western China rural areas.

Method: Probability proportional to size sampling was used in 45 projects counties 10 provinces in western China, and then totally 13 433 children who were under 3 years old were selected to investigate their feeding situation and health situation by questionnaire. SPSS software was used to carry on the statistical analysis.

Results: The proportion of adding starch, egg, milk, bean, meat, vegetable and water was 75.3%, 58.4%, 39.0%, 26.4%, 42.7%, 52.0% and 93.4% respectively. The rate of exclusive breastfeeding of infant less than four months and six months was 16.0% and 2.5% respectively. The proportion of not adding starch, egg, milk, bean, meat, vegetable and water of infants who were one year old was 5.2%, 15.0%, 30.3%, 11.2%, 9.1%, 4.8% and 0.6% respectively.

Conclusions: The rate of exclusive breastfeeding in western rural areas was still low and complementary feeding was still unreasonable.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Breast Feeding / statistics & numerical data*
  • Child Care / methods*
  • Child, Preschool
  • China
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Feeding Behavior
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant Food
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Rural Population / statistics & numerical data*