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IP International Journal of Medical Paediatrics and Oncology


Knowledge on infant and young feeding in first time mothers with babies aged less than one month attending out-patient department at a tertiary care rural hospital


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Author Details : Harsha P. J., Punith S.

Volume : 2, Issue : 4, Year : 2016

Article Page : 135-137


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Abstract

Aim: To assess the knowledge on infant and young child feeding (till 2years of age) in first time mothers with babies aged less than one month attending paediatric outpatient department (OPD).
Design: Descriptive study
Results: Knowledge regarding breast feeding, breastfeeding within one hour after birth was (48.75%), 53.75% felt pre-lacteal feeds can be given, 44.75% had awareness that exclusive breast feeding to be given till 6 months of age, 46% felt breast feeding should be stopped after 1 year of age and 14.5% felt it has to be continued till 2 years of age. There was lack in awareness of age of starting, minimum times per day of feeding solid, semisolid or soft foods. There was lack in knowledge of giving food groups and 41.75% still felt that bottle feeding is not harmful and can be given.
Conclusion: There is still lack in knowledge on starting, duration and continuing breast feeding and weaning foods.

Keywords:
Breast feeding, Infant and young child feeding, First time mothers, Less than one month

How to cite : Harsha P. J., Punith S., Knowledge on infant and young feeding in first time mothers with babies aged less than one month attending out-patient department at a tertiary care rural hospital. IP Int J Med Paediatr Oncol 2016;2(4):135-137

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