Pediatric Review: International Journal of Pediatric Research <p><em><strong>ISSN: <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">2349-3267 (Online)</a>, <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">2349-5499 (Print)</a></strong></em></p> en-US (Dr D Sharad Gedam) (Dr. Sharad Gedam, Mob: 8989622793 (10 AM to 5 PM, Mon- Sat)) Thu, 06 Jan 2022 17:38:52 +0530 OJS 60 A Study on Knowledge Attitude and Practices of Postnatal Mothers about Breastfeeding and related Problems in Newborns <p>Introduction: Early initiation and exclusive breastfeeding up to 6 months of age and latercontinuation of breastfeeding up to 2 yrs is an essential component of an infant's nutrition.Breastfeeding rates are far less in India owing to poor knowledge, misconceptions and local socio-cultural practices. Knowledge, attitude, and practices studies regarding breastfeeding amongmothers in India are limited. Present study can be a means to assess above domains and to modifypractices towards a positive change.</p> <p>Methods: This is a cross-sectional study on postnatal mothersover three months using a semi-structured questionnaire. Data analysis is done by descriptivestatistics like percentages of positive and negative responses using Microsoft Excel.</p> <p>Results: Around48% of participant mothers know that exclusive breastfeeding needs to be given up to age of 6months, and 46.6% of members have knowledge that breastfeeding should be continued up to 2yrsof age along with complementary foods. Around 61.8% felt that formula-fed babies are morehealthy than breastfed ones. About 22.8% of them were given formula milk in addition tobreastfeeding. A meagre (4.2%) number of them did not give breastfeeding at all.</p> <p>Conclusion: Ourcurrent study reflects some gaps in knowledge and needs to modify some attitudes and practicesabout breastfeeding and related practices, but improvement observed compared to past studies.Overall there is a need to strengthen Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative further.</p> Balaji Bhusan Patnaik, Manoj Kumar Mukkala, Jagannadh Karthik Putrevu, Lokesh Katari, Narendra Kumar Pulapa, Sri Satya Manasa Kakani, Shravani Levidi Copyright (c) 2022 Author (s). Published by Siddharth Health Research and Social Welfare Society Thu, 06 Jan 2022 00:00:00 +0530