World Journal of
Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences

An International Peer Reviewed Journal for Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences
An Official Publication of Society for Advance Healthcare Research (Reg. No. : 01/01/01/31674/16)
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Abstract

KAP (KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDE AND PERCEPTION STUDY) STUDY OF BREAST FEEDING MOTHERS OF BABIES AGED ≤ 6 MONTHS

Mohd Ashraf Bhat, Showkat Hussain Tali*, Gazi Shakeel Ahmad and Shagufta Yousuf

ABSTRACT

Background: Although exclusive breast feeding is universally accepted as the best feeding for the babies during first 6 months of life, only 40 % of women do breast feed their babies for some wrong perceptions and misconceptions. Methods: Women having babies in the age group of ? 6 months were interviewed and the findings were recorded as per predesigned proforma, designed to assess their knowledge, attitude and perception regarding breast feeding. Results: Breast feeding was practiced by 72% of mothers. Twenty percent (20%) of the mothers were giving formula milk and eight percent (8%) animal milk to their babies. The main reason for not giving exclusive breast feeding was the perception that the mother is not producing enough milk (75%). Almost all the mothers (97%) were aware of advantages of breast feeding and no one (0%) was thinking that it is harmful. Majority of the mothers were aware of the advantage of breast milk and time of weaning. Conclusion: Majority of the mothers are aware of the advantage of breast milk and time of weaning. But a significant proportion of women either does not breast feed their babies or start early weaning with the perception that they are not producing enough milk.

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