A study to assess the knowledge and awareness on breast feeding among the antenatal mothers


Breast feeding is the feeding of an infant or young child with the breast milk directly from female human breast that is lactation rather than from a baby bottle or other container. Babies have a sucking reflex that enables them to suck and swallow milk. Most mothers can breastfeed for six months or more, without the addition of infant formula or solid food. Breast feeding should be initiated within an hour of birth instead of waiting several hours. It helps to establish feeding and a close mother child relationship known as bonding. Objectives: To assess the knowledge of pregnant women regarding breast feeding. To associate with demographic variables of antenatal mothers regarding breast feeding. Research Design: Non-experimental research design. Descriptive study. Sample and size: antenatal mothers 40, sampling technique: Randomised purposive sampling, Discussion: About 40% of the antenatal mothers have inadequate knowledge about breast feeding, 33% of antenatal mothers have moderate level of knowledge and 27% have adequate knowledge. Recommendations: Health education regarding breast feeding can be given to antenatal mothers.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24327/23956429.ijcmpr20170128