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What do midwives and nurses in Turkey know about nutrition in the first six months of life.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

to discover what midwives and nurses in Turkey know and advise about nutrition in the first 6 months of life.

DESIGN

a descriptive, cross-sectional study.

SETTING

health clinics and mother and baby health and family planning centres in the municipality of Ankara.

PARTICIPANTS

301 midwives and nurses selected by stratified, random sampling.

FINDINGS

nine questions related to the features and benefits of breast milk. The mean number of questions answered correctly was 7.55 (standard deviation [SD]=1.25). Participants agreed that the babies should be breast fed for the first 6 months of life (n=184; 61.1%) and that complementary food could be introduced at 6 months of age (n=291; 96.7%). Most participants (n=223; 74.1%) recommended that mothers who have to resume work should express and store breast milk, and their babies should be fed with it. Many participants noted that there may be one or more situations when artificial milk should be given in the first 6 months of life (n=286; 95.0%). Almost all of the participants (n=292; 97.0%) gave one or more suggestions of when breast milk was sufficient or insufficient.

CONCLUSIONS

most midwives and nurses in this research had adequate knowledge related to babies in the first 6 months of life. However, with continuing education, knowledge deficits can be corrected, and awareness of their roles and responsibilities can be increased in achieving one of Turkey's priority goals for the 21st Century, that of decreasing the baby death rate.

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    Hacettepe University, Vocational School Health Service, Sağlik Hizmetleri Meslek Yüksek Okulu, 06100 Ankara, Turkey. zkaracam@hacettepe.edu.tr

    Source

    Midwifery 21:1 2005 Mar pg 61-70

    MeSH

    Adult
    Breast Feeding
    Child Nutrition Sciences
    Confidence Intervals
    Cross-Sectional Studies
    Female
    Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
    Humans
    Infant
    Infant Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
    Infant Welfare
    Infant, Newborn
    Middle Aged
    Midwifery
    Mothers
    Nurse Midwives
    Nurse's Role
    Nurse-Patient Relations
    Odds Ratio
    Surveys and Questionnaires
    Turkey

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    15740817

    Citation

    Karaçam, Zekiye, and Yeter Kitiş. "What Do Midwives and Nurses in Turkey Know About Nutrition in the First Six Months of Life." Midwifery, vol. 21, no. 1, 2005, pp. 61-70.
    Karaçam Z, Kitiş Y. What do midwives and nurses in Turkey know about nutrition in the first six months of life. Midwifery. 2005;21(1):61-70.
    Karaçam, Z., & Kitiş, Y. (2005). What do midwives and nurses in Turkey know about nutrition in the first six months of life. Midwifery, 21(1), pp. 61-70.
    Karaçam Z, Kitiş Y. What Do Midwives and Nurses in Turkey Know About Nutrition in the First Six Months of Life. Midwifery. 2005;21(1):61-70. PubMed PMID: 15740817.
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