Perceptions and Practices regarding Breastfeeding among Postnatal Women at a District Tertiary Referral Government Hospital in Southern India

Kamath, Sowmini P and Garg, Dikshy and Khan, Mohd. Khursheed and Jain, Animesh and Baliga, Shantharam B (2016) Perceptions and Practices regarding Breastfeeding among Postnatal Women at a District Tertiary Referral Government Hospital in Southern India. Scientifica, 2016. pp. 1-6. ISSN 2090908X

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Abstract

Background. Breastfeeding is the optimal method for achieving a normal growth and development of the baby.This study aimed to study mothers’ perceptions and practices regarding breastfeeding in Mangalore, India. Methodology. A cross-sectional study of 188 mothers was conducted using a structured proforma. Results. Importance of breast feeding was known to most mothers.While initiation of breast feeding within one hour of birth was done by majority of mothers, few had discarded colostrum and adopted prelacteal feeding.Mothers opined that breast feeding is healthy for their babies (96.3%) and easier than infant feeding (79.8%), does not affect marital relationship (51%), and decreases family expenditure (61.1%). However, there were poor perceptions regarding the advantages of breast milk with respect to nutritive value, immune effect, and disease protection. Few respondents reported discontinuation of breastfeeding in previous child if the baby had fever/cold (6%) or diarrhea (18%) and vomiting (26%). There was a statistically significant association between mother’s educational level and perceived importance of breastfeeding and also between the mode of delivery and initiation of breast feeding (

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: breastfeeding, postnatal women, perception and practice
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Paediatrics
Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Community Medicine
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2017 15:12
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2017 15:12
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/147896

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