Exclusive breastfeeding is the feeding of a baby on no other milk apart from breast milk. Exclusive breastfeeding during the first 6 months of life is of fundamental importance because it supports optimal growth and development during infancy and reduces the risk of obliterating diseases and problems. Moreover, in developed countries, exclusive breastfeeding has decreased the incidence and\/or severity of diarrhea, lower respiratory infection and urinary tract infection. In this paper, we study the factors that influence exclusive breastfeeding and use the Generalized Poisson regression model to analyze the practices of exclusive breastfeeding in Mauritius. We develop two sets of quasi-likelihood equations (QLE)to estimate the parameters.<\/p>\r\n","references":"[1] American Academy of Pediatrics, AAP. \"Breastfeeding and the use of\r\nhuman Milk\", Pediatrics 100 (6), 1035-1039, 1997.\r\n[2] F. Famoye and K.P. Singh, \" Zero-inflated Generalized Poisson Regression\r\nModel with an application to Domestic Violence data\", Journal of\r\nData Science, Vol 4, 117-130, 2006.\r\n[3] F. Famoye, \"Restricted Generalized Poisson Regression model\", Communication\r\nin Statistics\", Vol 22, 1335-1354, 1993.\r\n[4] Global strategy for infant and young child feeding. Geneva, Switzerland:\r\nWorld Health Organisation and UNICEF. 2003. ISBN 9241562218\r\n[5] \"Integrated care for mother and child\", Baby friendly and beyond, issue\r\nOne, pp1-6, USA, 2004.\r\n[6] K.S. Oogarah, \"Across- sectional study on the infant feeding practices in\r\nMauritius\", Project ,University of Mauritius, 2002.\r\n[7] L.Gartner, \"breastfeeding and the use of human milk (policy statement)\",\r\nPediatrics, Vol 115 (2), 496 -506, 2005.\r\n[8] M.Vestergaard and C.Obel and T.B. Henriksen and H.T. Srensen and\r\nE. Skajoa and J. Stergaard. \"Duration of breastfeeding and development\r\nmilestones\". During the latter half of infancy \" Acta Paediatric. 88. pp\r\n1327-1332.\r\n[9] N.L.Johnson and S. Kotz and A.W. Kemp, \"Univariate Discrete Distributions\",\r\nWiley,1993,New York.\r\n[10] PRB report. \"Maternity leave Pay Research Bureau report\",\r\nrecommendation 13. Minister-s Office, Port-Louis, Mauritius,\r\n2003.\r\n[11] R. Wedderburn, \"Quasi-likelihood functions, generalized linear models\r\nand the Gauss Newton method\", Biometrics, Vol 61, 439-447,1974.\r\n[12] R.Singhania, S.Kabra, A.Bansal. \"Infant feeing practices in Educated\r\nmothers from upper socio- economics status\". Indian Pediatric 27, 591-\r\n593, 1990.\r\n[13] R.S. Ambagaspitiya and N. Balakrishnan. \"On the compound Generalized\r\nPoisson distributions\". University of Calgary McMaster -\r\nuniversity.http:\/\/www.casact.org\/library\/astin\/vol24no2\/255.pdf Last access\r\ndate:30.11.09\r\n[14] S.B. Barton. \"Infant Feeding practices of how low- income rural\r\nmothers\". The American Journal of maternal child Nursing 26 (2), 93-\r\n97,2001.\r\n[15] S. Narayan and N. Natarajan and K.S. Bawa, \" Maternal and neonatal\r\nfactors adversely affecting breastfeeding in the perinatal period\", Volume\r\n61, no.3, 2005.\r\n[16] S.Reddy. \"Breastfeeding practices, problems and prospects\". The journal\r\nof family welfare. 41 (4), p43- 51, SDNT, Churchgate, 1995.\r\n[17] V.Sethi, S.Kashyap, V.Seth. \"Effect of Nutrition education of mothers\r\non infant feeding practices\". Indian Journal of Pediatrics 70, 463-466,\r\n2003.","publisher":"World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology","index":"Open Science Index 35, 2009"}