HomeIAMURE International Journal of Health Educationvol. 3 no. 1 (2013)

Family Support, Work Condition and the Practice of Exclusive Breastfeeding among Health Care Providers in Lagos Metropolis

Haastrup E. Adenrele | Adeogun J. Femi | Darki O. Lordson

Discipline: Public Health, Women’s Studies



The demands of job on nursing mothers and the emerging trends for the woman to be a co-breadwinner are likely factors to consider in examining the practice of exclusive breastfeeding among health care providers. This study examined the convenience for health care providers regarding exclusive breastfeeding in relation to the nature of their jobs, work environment and home support. Three hundred and thirty respondents were purposively surveyed using a validated questionnaire; they were drawn from among medical doctors, nurses and laboratory technicians in private, state and federal government hospitals in Lagos metropolis. One research question on conducive job environment was raised and two hypotheses were tested on husband and employer’ supports. The study revealed that most of the amenities that should be provided in the workplace were not available; health care providers practicing exclusive breastfeeding enjoyed the support of their husbands; but employers’ support was not evident. The study recommended that female health care providers and their employers should be educated on how to amicably manage the practice of breastfeeding in a way that will benefit both employers and employees. Also, caregivers, nannies and helpers handling babies feeding should be educated on proper management and procedure relating to extracted breastmilk for the baby.