A Study to Assess the Knowledge and Practice of Exclusive Breastfeeding among Mothers in Selected Pediatric Clinics at Chennai

Authors

  • A.Parimala
  • Motcharakkini.L
  • Hema V.H

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijone.v14i2.17975

Keywords:

Exclusive breast feeding, Knowledge, Practice, Primi Mothers, Adequate, Inadequate Knowledge

Abstract

Introduction: Breast feeding is considered as the pivotal factor between life and death for the vast
majority of children in developing countries, but pattern of breast feeding and exclusive breast
feeding is more important, which is ignored often by most mothers. Aims & Objectives: To assess
the knowledge, and Practice of Exclusive Breast feeding among Mothers in selected pediatric clinics
at Chennai. Methodology: A quantitative descriptive research design was adopted and samples are
selected by purposive sampling technique. The data was collected by self-administered questionnaire
and data analysis was done by descriptive and inferential statistics. Result: The study revealed that most
of the mothers 46(46%) had moderate knowledge, 36(36%) had adequate knowledge and18 (18%) had
inadequate knowledge of exclusive breast feeding among mothers and also most of the mothers 52(52%)
had moderate practice, 40(40%) had inadequate practice and 8(8%) had adequate practice of exclusive
breast feeding among mothers. In demographic variable education of mother (x=18.841,p=0.004) had
shown statistically significant association with level of knowledge of exclusive breast feeding among
mothers at p = 0.05 level Conclusion: The results concluded that a substantial positive correlation
between knowledge and practice of exclusive breast feeding among women which clearly infers that
when the knowledge of exclusive breast feeding among women increases their practice level also
increase.

Author Biographies

A.Parimala

M.Sc.Nursing Student, Facultyof Nursing, Dr, M.G.R Educational and Research Institute, Chennai

Motcharakkini.L

Associate Professor, Facultyof Nursing, Dr, M.G.R Educational and Research Institute, Chennai

Hema V.H

Principal, Facultyof Nursing, Dr, M.G.R Educational and Research Institute, Chennai

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Published

2022-04-13