Discontinuation of breast-feeding during an episode of childhood diarrhoea is widely regarded as a common, high-risk practice in the developing world. We studied cessation of breast-feeding in a rural Bangladeshi population under comprehensive surveillance for medically treated diarrhoeal episodes. Among 2129 episodes in children aged under 36 months and breast-fed before the onset of diarrhoea, there were only 33 (2%) in whom breast-feeding had stopped before presentation for care. Children in whom breast-feeding had stopped (cases) differed little from those in whom it had not (controls) in respect to exclusive vs partial breast-feeding, age, gender, or several maternal characteristics (maternal age, education, and recent maternal diarrhoeal illness). In contrast, cases were more likely to have presented with clinically severe illness or to have died within 30 d of presentation (odds ratio=2·20, P < 0·05). We conclude that discontinuation of breast-feeding uring diarrhoea is an infrequent phenomenon in this population. However, the association of cessation of breast-feeding with severe clinical outcomes may be of considerable importance, particularly in countries where discontinuation of breast-feeding is more common.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene|
|State||Published - Sep 1988|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Infectious Diseases