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Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 9608315, 7 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/9608315
Research Article

Appropriate Weaning Practice and Associated Factors among Infants and Young Children in Northwest Ethiopia

1College of Health Sciences and Medicine, Wolaita Sodo University, Sodo, Ethiopia
2College of Health Sciences and Medicine, Mekelle University, Mekelle, Ethiopia

Correspondence should be addressed to Liknaw Bewket Zeleke

Received 22 March 2017; Revised 5 June 2017; Accepted 14 June 2017; Published 20 July 2017

Academic Editor: H. K. Biesalski

Copyright © 2017 Liknaw Bewket Zeleke et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Background. The right nutrition from the start of a pregnancy to the child’s second birthday has a profound impact on the future health, wellbeing, and success of a child. This can be achieved through proper maternal nutrition during pregnancy, exclusive breastfeeding, and appropriate weaning practice. Objective. This study was aimed at assessing appropriate weaning practice and associated factors among infants and young children aged 6–23 months in Feres Bet Town, Northwest Ethiopia. Methods. A community based cross-sectional study was conducted among 351 children aged 6–23 months. Simple random sampling technique was used to select study participants. Interviewer administered questionnaires were used. Bivariate and multivariable logistic regression analyses were employed to identify factors associated with appropriate weaning practice. Results. Nearly quarter (23.9%) of mothers have practiced appropriate weaning. Proportion of children who started consumption of weaning food timely and met the recommended dietary diversity was 61.5% and 43.9%, respectively. Child age [AOR (Adjusted Odds Ratio): 7.04], husband’s occupation [AOR: 6.85], and maternal weaning advice [AOR: 4.38] were positively associated with appropriate weaning practice, while family size [AOR: 0.28] showed negative association. Conclusion. Appropriate weaning practice was found to be low. Health education at community level and one-on-one advice for mothers in health institutions are highly recommended to improve appropriate weaning.