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Breastfeeding knowledge and practices amongst mothers in a rural population of North India: a community-based study.
J Trop Pediatr 2009; 55(3):183-8JT

Abstract

BACKGROUND

National family health survey-3 of India has revealed startling lower exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) rates (16.9%) in the state of Haryana compared with national data (46%). The barriers to breastfeeding in this population are not clearly known. Therefore, a study was conducted in a rural population of the state to study their breastfeeding practices, knowledge regarding usefulness of breastfeeding and factors influencing the breastfeeding practices.

METHODS

In six villages of Panchkula district of Haryana, all the mothers of infants between 0-6 months were interviewed using a pretested semi-structured questionnaire. Time at initiation of breastfeeding, duration of EBF and their understanding about the usefulness of breastfeeding were assessed. Position of the baby during breastfeeding and attachment of the baby's mouth to the breast were assessed by direct observation while feeding. Breastfeeding knowledge of the mother was evaluated.

RESULTS

Out of the 77 mothers, 30% and 10% exclusively breastfed their infants till 4 and 6 months of age, respectively. There was 'good attachment' in 42% mother-infant pairs and infants were held in 'correct position' by 60% mothers. Thirty-nine percent of the mothers had 'satisfactory' breastfeeding knowledge. On multivariate logistic regression analysis, lack of breastfeeding counseling was significantly associated with decreased rates of EBF at 4 months and 6 months (p-value 0.01 and 0.002, respectively) and 'full' breastfeeding (FBF) at 6 months of age (p-value 0.002).

CONCLUSIONS

EBF/FBF practices and breastfeeding knowledge are suboptimal among the rural North Indian mothers. Breastfeeding counseling with emphasis on correct technique can improve the EBF/FBF rates.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh 160012, India.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

19074494

Citation

Kishore, M Sai Sunil, et al. "Breastfeeding Knowledge and Practices Amongst Mothers in a Rural Population of North India: a Community-based Study." Journal of Tropical Pediatrics, vol. 55, no. 3, 2009, pp. 183-8.
Kishore MS, Kumar P, Aggarwal AK. Breastfeeding knowledge and practices amongst mothers in a rural population of North India: a community-based study. J Trop Pediatr. 2009;55(3):183-8.
Kishore, M. S., Kumar, P., & Aggarwal, A. K. (2009). Breastfeeding knowledge and practices amongst mothers in a rural population of North India: a community-based study. Journal of Tropical Pediatrics, 55(3), pp. 183-8. doi:10.1093/tropej/fmn110.
Kishore MS, Kumar P, Aggarwal AK. Breastfeeding Knowledge and Practices Amongst Mothers in a Rural Population of North India: a Community-based Study. J Trop Pediatr. 2009;55(3):183-8. PubMed PMID: 19074494.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Breastfeeding knowledge and practices amongst mothers in a rural population of North India: a community-based study. AU - Kishore,M Sai Sunil, AU - Kumar,Praveen, AU - Aggarwal,Arun K, Y1 - 2008/12/12/ PY - 2008/12/17/entrez PY - 2008/12/17/pubmed PY - 2009/7/9/medline SP - 183 EP - 8 JF - Journal of tropical pediatrics JO - J. Trop. Pediatr. VL - 55 IS - 3 N2 - BACKGROUND: National family health survey-3 of India has revealed startling lower exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) rates (16.9%) in the state of Haryana compared with national data (46%). The barriers to breastfeeding in this population are not clearly known. Therefore, a study was conducted in a rural population of the state to study their breastfeeding practices, knowledge regarding usefulness of breastfeeding and factors influencing the breastfeeding practices. METHODS: In six villages of Panchkula district of Haryana, all the mothers of infants between 0-6 months were interviewed using a pretested semi-structured questionnaire. Time at initiation of breastfeeding, duration of EBF and their understanding about the usefulness of breastfeeding were assessed. Position of the baby during breastfeeding and attachment of the baby's mouth to the breast were assessed by direct observation while feeding. Breastfeeding knowledge of the mother was evaluated. RESULTS: Out of the 77 mothers, 30% and 10% exclusively breastfed their infants till 4 and 6 months of age, respectively. There was 'good attachment' in 42% mother-infant pairs and infants were held in 'correct position' by 60% mothers. Thirty-nine percent of the mothers had 'satisfactory' breastfeeding knowledge. On multivariate logistic regression analysis, lack of breastfeeding counseling was significantly associated with decreased rates of EBF at 4 months and 6 months (p-value 0.01 and 0.002, respectively) and 'full' breastfeeding (FBF) at 6 months of age (p-value 0.002). CONCLUSIONS: EBF/FBF practices and breastfeeding knowledge are suboptimal among the rural North Indian mothers. Breastfeeding counseling with emphasis on correct technique can improve the EBF/FBF rates. SN - 1465-3664 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/19074494/Breastfeeding_knowledge_and_practices_amongst_mothers_in_a_rural_population_of_North_India:_a_community_based_study_ L2 - https://academic.oup.com/tropej/article-lookup/doi/10.1093/tropej/fmn110 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -