Khulood J Mahmood, Hajir H Al-Ridhwany, Ruqayah Y Hasani
Breast milk is beneficial for infant, mother and society.Health professionals recommend that breast feeding begin within the first hour of a baby's life. The current study was aiming for finding out feeding pattern of children during their first two years of life in Mosul city, Iraq. It was carried out in Al-Khansaa and Ibin-Sena Teaching Hospitals after obtaining the required administrative agreements. Case series design was adopted over five month’s period (from 1st of November 2012 to 30th of March 2013). Two hundreds children between 1-24 months old who were admitted to the pediatric clinics and words were selected randomly. Breast feeding was reported among 46.5% of studied children. While, 46.0% were being mixed feeding. Breast feeding was most frequently reported among children younger than 6 month of age. It is recommended that health education program concerning benefits of breastfeeding is required to be expanded.