Dr. Maitry Shah, Dr. Purvi Patel, Dr. K. M. Mehariya
Abstract: Aims & Objectives To study the knowledge and awareness of mothers towards infant feeding practices. Materials and methods Total 200 mothers of infants, coming to a tertiary care centre, Ahmedabad, on outpatient basis were interviewed using a pre-designed questionnaire. Results Out of the total, 24 % mothers were illiterate. 89 % knew about exclusive breast feeding up to 6months. 82.67 % think that colostrum is good for baby. 44.67 % mothers have given pre-lacteal feeds, tea and jaggery was most common. 89 % mothers knew that they should take extra food during lactation. Father (42 %) most commonly help in feeding while 31.33 % dont get any domestic help. 65.67 % mothers have been counselled by doctor. 71.06 % women consulted doctor for feeding problems. Most common reason of stopping breast feeding was inadequate milk secretion (46.67 %). 11 % think that feeding should be stopped during illness. 75.33 % women were completely satisfied with their feeding practices. Conclusion- The study highlights that there is vital need to improve the knowledge & awareness in the society regarding community based care. We should also strive towards helping removing myths and wrong practices which are rampant in the community. Level of education has positive impact on infant feeding practices.
Keywords: Infant feeding, breastfeeding, attitude and practice