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Article Number - 007B58E62179


Vol.8(10), pp. 81-85 , December 2016
DOI: 10.5897/IJNM2016.0244
ISSN: 2141-2456



Full Length Research Paper

Early breastfeeding initiation (EBFI)



Gladys Mugadza
  • Gladys Mugadza
  • University of Zimbabwe, College of Health Sciences, Harare, Zimbabwe.
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Mathilda Zvinavashe
  • Mathilda Zvinavashe
  • University of Zimbabwe, College of Health Sciences, Harare, Zimbabwe.
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Felicity
  • Felicity
  • University of Zimbabwe, College of Health Sciences, Harare, Zimbabwe.
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Zvanyadza Gumbo
  • Zvanyadza Gumbo
  • University of Zimbabwe, College of Health Sciences, Harare, Zimbabwe.
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Babill Stray-Pedersen
  • Babill Stray-Pedersen
  • University of Zimbabwe, College of Health Sciences, Harare, Zimbabwe.
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Clara Haruzivishe
  • Clara Haruzivishe
  • University of Zimbabwe, College of Health Sciences, Harare, Zimbabwe.
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 Received: 02 November 2016  Accepted: 15 December 2016  Published: 31 December 2016

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This article is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0


The objective of the paper was to describe the concept Early Breastfeeding Initiation (EBFI). Early breastfeeding initiation (EBFI) is recommended within the first hour following giving birth as a simple strategy in enhancing neonatal health and survival. Despite the clear definition by [WHO] on EBFI, some variations still exists across board on what exactly EBFI initiation is. The variations have compounded negatively on neonatal outcomes hence the need to describe EBFI by assigning measurable attributes for standardisation of operations in maternity units. A literature review of 39 articles was conducted between the years 1999 to 2016 in a period of two weeks from the 1st to the 15th of July 2016. The following search engines were used: Cochrane data base, Journal of human Lactation, Pub- med and MEDLINE. EBFI has been inconsistently described within the same health profession. Taking into cognisant the attributes of EBFI and applying them in the maternity units has a potential of averting neonatal deaths by a significant percentage.

Key words: Early breastfeeding initiation.

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APA Mugadza, G., Zvinavashe, M., Felicity, Gumbo, Z., Stray-Pedersen, B., & Haruzivishe, C. (2016). Early breastfeeding initiation (EBFI). International Journal of Nursing and Midwifery, 8(10), 81-85.
Chicago Gladys Mugadza, Mathilda Zvinavashe, Felicity, Zvanyadza Gumbo, Babill Stray-Pedersen and Clara Haruzivishe. "Early breastfeeding initiation (EBFI)." International Journal of Nursing and Midwifery 8, no. 10 (2016): 81-85.
MLA Gladys Mugadza, et al. "Early breastfeeding initiation (EBFI)." International Journal of Nursing and Midwifery 8.10 (2016): 81-85.
   
DOI 10.5897/IJNM2016.0244
URL http://academicjournals.org/journal/IJNM/article-abstract/007B58E62179

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