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ORIGINAL RESEARCH
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 167

Breastfeeding practices among health care professionals


Department of Paediatrics, Patna Medical college, Patna, Bihar, India

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Department of Paediatrics, Patna Medical college, Patna, Bihar
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Breastfeeding is an unequalled way of providing ideal food for the adequate growth and development of infants. The objective of this study was to assess the breastfeeding practices followed by the health workers. Material and methods: a cross- sectional study was done on the female health workers and ANM's of Patna Medical College and Hospital. The study is based on a questionnaire related to breastfeeding practices, complimentary feeding and weight gain at one year of age. The significance in the differences was evaluated by using the Chi square test. Results: The prevalence of early initiation of breastfeeding was 16.6% and prevalence of exclusive breastfeeding was 66.4%. While the prevalence of exclusive breastfeeding for up to six months was only 18.5%. The association between exclusive breastfeeding for up to six months and weight gain at one year of age is considered to be very statistically significant. Conclusion: It came out by the study that majority of the health workers were not practicing the appropriate breastfeeding practices. So, we need to do awareness programme repeatedly and train the health care workers and other medical professionals regarding importance of counselling for breast feeding starting from pregnancy and optimum breastfeeding practices.


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