Knowledge, attitude and practice of breast feeding at a tertiary care centre in the government medical college and hospital, Aurangabad, India

Varsha Deshmukh, Ummehani Rasool, Bhakti Kalyankar, Rupali Gaikwad, Kanan Yelikar


Background: Mother’s milk undoubtedly represents the best nourishment for the child during first months of life. The benefits of breastfeeding (BF) specially, exclusive breastfeeding (EBF), are well established. No artificial feed can replace breast milk, its specific nutrients and protection against diseases. All women should be encouraged to exclusively breastfeed their infants up to 6 months of age and thereafter to continue along with appropriate and adequate complementary foods, for up to 2 years of age.

Methods: In the present study, we aimed to study knowledge, attitude and the feeding practices in a tertiary care centre. The descriptive study was conducted in Obstetrics and Gynecology Department of Government Medical College and Hospital, Aurangabad.

Results: 200 postnatal women were included in study. Women were interviewed personally with the help of a fixed questionnaire regarding their knowledge attitude and feeding practices. 60.5% of women started breast feeding their infants within 2 hours and 100% women were feeding within 24 hours of birth. Delay in initiation was seen in women having a caesarean section. 89% received mother’s milk as their first feed. 84% were aware of its nutritive value.

Conclusions: Efforts need to be made to help mother to initiate feeding early specially in caesarean section. Women need to be made aware of benefits of breast feeding and proper techniques. Health care providers and nursing staff should be encouraged to actively participate in proper counseling and training of mothers.


Exclusive breast feeding, Knowledge, Attitude, Practice

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