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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 10, Issue:8, August, 2021

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
Online ISSN : 2319-7706
Issues : 12 per year
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Editor-in-chief: Dr.M.Prakash
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2021.10(8): 210-218

Awareness, Knowledge and Attitude of Breast-Feeding Practices among Post Natal Mothers
Vandana Gupta*
Department of Home Science, Dev Samaj College for Women, Ferozepur City, Punjab, India
*Corresponding author

Breastfeeding is one of the most important determinants of child survival, birth spacing, and prevention of childhood infections. The importance of exclusive breastfeeding and the immunological and nutritional values of breast milk have been well demonstrated by various intense researches. The WHO recommends that for the first six months of life, infants should be exclusively breastfed to achieve optimal growth, development, and health. Six months onwards the infants should be given nutritionally adequate and safe supplementary foods, while continuing to breastfeed for up to two years or beyond. A number of studies have been assessed regarding knowledge, attitude and breastfeeding practices in different parts of the world; such studies are limited among Indian mothers. Especially the studies on breastfeeding awareness, knowledge and maternal attitude are also a concept of interest to health professionals who support breastfeeding. Therefore, this community based cross sectional study was undertaken to examine the infant feeding practices, knowledge and attitude towards breast feeding among Indian postnatal mothers residing in urban and well as rural areas of Ferozepur district.. On the basis of random sampling technique 300 respondents were selected from the Ferozepur district which was further divided into six different blocks (Guruharsahai, Zira, Makhu, Ghalkhurd, Mamdot and Ferozepur cantt). All 300 respondents were covered recently from all blocks of the Ferozepur district including approximately 50 nursing mothers from each block respectively. Data was collected by personally administering the questionnaire of nursing mothers of different areas of respective blocks. Higher educational qualification leads to increased mean awareness score pertaining to breast feeding of nursing respondents(p<0.01)The mean knowledge scores of nursing mothers regarding breast feeding does not depend on the increase in the level of education. (p<0.01)There is pertinent need to spread awareness in their local language regarding specific terms like “exclusive breast feeding” and “infant formula feeding” among nursing mothers.

Keywords: Exclusive Breast Feeding, Knowledge, Maternal Attitude

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Vandana Gupta. 2021. Awareness, Knowledge and Attitude of Breast-Feeding Practices among Post Natal Mothers.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 10(8): 210-218. doi:
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