International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 4, Issue 1, Part E (2018)
A study on knowledge & practice of breast-feeding among and women attending urban health centre, Shivaji Nagar, Mumbai
Breast feeding offers complete nutrition, early protection against illness and promotes growth and development of the baby. Exclusive breast feeding (EBF) for the first six months of life is important for effective protection against diarrhoea and respiratory infections.
Aim & Objectives: 1 A study to access the knowledge and practice of breast feeding among ANC women of an urban slum. 2. To study associated socio- demographic factors related to it.
Method: A cross sectional O.P.D. based study was carried out in the urban health centre. The study population consists of ANC women of an urban slum, visiting the ANC O.P.D. during October-November 2014.
Result: There were 100 ANC women following the inclusion criteria were included in the study. About, Fifty-two per cent of subjects belonged to the age group of 19-24 years. Maximum 38% subjects were educated up to S.S.C. and 60% were multipara. About 61% of subjects were having adequate knowledge of EBF. But, among multipara only 35% were correctly practising EBF. The association of education of subjects and knowledge of EBF was found to be statistically significant (p value = 0.001), while the association of family type and knowledge of EBF was not found to be statistically significant (p-value= 0.239) indicating education play key role for knowledge of EBF
Conclusion: More than half of the subjects had correct knowledge of EBF but only one third of them are correctly practising it. Also, the study result showed that the education had impact on the EBF practices.
How to cite this article:
Dr. Rushali Rajan Lilare, Dr. Daljeet Kaur. A study on knowledge & practice of breast-feeding among and women attending urban health centre, Shivaji Nagar, Mumbai. Int J Appl Res 2018;4(1):261-264.