Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Breast Feeding - A Case Study

Singh, Bhavana
February 2010
European Journal of Scientific Research;Feb2010, Vol. 40 Issue 3, p404
Academic Journal
Breastfeeding incidence is declining in almost all parts of the world despite all its nutritional and immunological benefits. This paper presents findings of a study in which 200 mothers in Kumasi, Ashanti Region were interviewed to assess their knowledge, attitude and practices of Breast feeding at the CWC/MCHC which is based in the centre of the town. An attempt has also been made to assess the 'rooming-in' practices in our hospitals. The study shows that the prevalence of breastfeeding among the women was 100% and average duration of breastfeeding was about 18 months or longer. However, weaning was found to be done at very early ages of 2-4 months and 38.0% of mothers admitted to giving water to their babies soon after birth implying most mothers do not know what weaning actually meant. The most common weaning food used were Koko and weanimix. Besides,most common reason for early weaning were fear of adequate milk supply (56.0%) followed by breast and nipple soreness. Most mothers were found to know the importance of breast milk as being nutritious (100%), healthier for children (97%), protecting their children from disease (80.0%), promoting bonding between mother and child (99%) and being cheaper than buying supplements (81.0). However, 38.0% of mothers disagreed to the contraceptives benefits of breastfeeding.


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