AWARENESS, ATTITUDE, AND PRACTICE OF EXCLUSIVE BREASTFEEDING AMONG MOTHERS ATTENDING A TERTIARY CARE HOSPITAL IN TAMIL NADU

Journal Title: National Journal of Research in Community Medicine - Year 2017, Vol 6, Issue 3

Abstract

Introduction:Breast milk is the ideal food for newborns and infants.It is safe and contains antibodies that protects infants from common childhood illnesses. WHO recommends Exclusive Breastfeeding (EBF) for the first six months of life. Methodology: The present cross-sectional study was undertaken among 166 mothers attending a tertiary healthcare teaching medical institute in Kanchipuram District between, June and September. An interview was conducted using a questionnaire.The first part of the questionnaire comprised of questions pertaining to the socio-demographic profile of the mothers.Second part was devised to assess the Awareness, Attitude, and Practice of mothers towards Exclusive Breast Feeding. Results:The present study was carried out among 166 mothers. In that, most of the mothers 88(53%) belonged to the age group of 19-24. 65%(108) of the women were aware of exclusive breastfeeding and 101(61%) knew that the child should be exclusively breastfed up to 6 months. All mothers were of the idea that exclusive breastfeeding was advantageous to the child. It was also observed that 92 (55.4%) of the mothers had initiated breastfeeding within 1 hour of delivering the child and 162(97.6%) mothers had given colostrums to the child. The proportion of exclusive breastfeeding was only 7.2 %( 12). Conclusion: The present study showed a very little proportion of exclusive breastfeeding among mothers despite adequate awareness and a positive attitude .Most of the mothers failed to practice owing to inadequate breast milk secretion.

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RajanRushender C. , Deivasigamani Kuberan, Dinesh Kumar G. , Balaji R.

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RajanRushender C. , Deivasigamani Kuberan, Dinesh Kumar G. , Balaji R. (2017). AWARENESS, ATTITUDE, AND PRACTICE OF EXCLUSIVE BREASTFEEDING AMONG MOTHERS ATTENDING A TERTIARY CARE HOSPITAL IN TAMIL NADU. National Journal of Research in Community Medicine, 6(3), 238-242. https://europub.co.uk/articles/-A-311984