Distribution of breastfeeding duration in peninsular Malaysia

With reference to the problem of heaping

Mahdiyah Mokhtar, Kamarulzaman Ibrahim, Wan Norsiah Mohamed

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Abstract

The aim of the study is to reduce the effect of heaping in the data of breastfeeding duration. The duration of Breastfeeding is usually determined using the retrospective records, which sometimes have the problem of heaping. Using the Malaysian Family Life Survey (MFLS), the retrospective data on breastfeeding durations is found to show heaping at 6, 12, 18 and 24 months. In some studies, multiples of five techniques are often used to reduce the effect of heaping. However, in this study we modify the multiple of five techniques to multiple of three techniques, which is particularly suitable for the data that have the heaped points for every six months periods during the duration. Based on this technique, a smooth distribution of breastfeeding durations is obtained.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2636-2639
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Applied Sciences
Volume8
Issue number14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Keywords

  • Breastfeeding duration
  • Heaping
  • Recall bias

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General

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Distribution of breastfeeding duration in peninsular Malaysia : With reference to the problem of heaping. / Mokhtar, Mahdiyah; Ibrahim, Kamarulzaman; Mohamed, Wan Norsiah.

In: Journal of Applied Sciences, Vol. 8, No. 14, 2008, p. 2636-2639.

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