Breast feeding practices, knowledge and attitude among mothers- An institutional study

Journal Title: Medpulse International Journal of Pediatrics - Year 2018, Vol 5, Issue 3

Abstract

Breast feeding is the ideal food which gives all the essential nutrients need for healthy development for new born and infants and has several benefits for both the infants and mothers. Breast milk is readily available, economical and safe. The present study was to gather information about the breast feeding practices, knowledge and attitude among lactating mothers. A cross sectional questionnaire based descriptive study design at Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Patnam Mahender Reddy Institute of Medical Sciences, from January to February 2018 employing total of 125 mothers satisfying the inclusion criteria were selected in the present study, An interviewer administered, pre-tested modified questionnaire was used in the present study to collect data. Results from the present study shows that, most of the subjects were in the age group of 21-30 and majority of the subjects had secondary education. The attitude towards exclusive breastfeeding was assessed among participants. Whereas, the percentage of mothers with knowledge of exclusive breastfeeding was 69.6%. Complementary feeding knowledge was seen in 74.60% mothers. The observations from the present study results clearly shows lack of knowledge about breast feeding, so exclusive breastfeeding counseling should be given at the ante natal clinic with more emphasis on its advantages.

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Srinivas Subudhi

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Srinivas Subudhi (2018). Breast feeding practices, knowledge and attitude among mothers- An institutional study. Medpulse International Journal of Pediatrics, 5(3), 67-70. https://europub.co.uk/articles/-A-365438