Volume No. :   7

Issue No. :  3

Year :  2017

ISSN Print :  2231-1149

ISSN Online :  2349-2996


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Knowledge and Attitude of Antenatal Mothers Regarding Early Initiation of Breast Feeding



Address:   Mrs. Dhanalakshmi N1, Mrs. Bhavya SV2, Prof. Sheela Williams3
1M.Sc Nursing Student, JSS College of Nursing, Mysuru
2Assistant Professor OBG Nursing, JSS College of Nursing, Mysuru
3Principal cum Professor and HOD Medical Surgical Nursing, JSS College of Nursing, Mysuru
*Corresponding Author
DOI No: 10.5958/2349-2996.2017.00057.X

ABSTRACT:
Background: The creation of first bonding experience between the mother and child is only through the early initiation of breast feeding. It comprises of early skin-to-skin contact and to suck breast milk within the first hour. It protects the baby against illness and ensures warmth and comfort of the baby that is held close to the nursing mother. Aim: The aim of this study is to assess the knowledge and attitude of antenatal mothers regarding early initiation of breast feeding. Methods: In this study descriptive survey design and non probability convenience sampling was adopted to select 200 antenatal mothers who are attending the Outpatient department of JSS hospital, Mysuru. The knowledge and attitude was measured by using structured interview schedule and attitude scale. Health information pamphlet on early initiation of breast feeding was given to study subjects. The data was analyzed by using descriptive and inferential statistics. Results: The analysis of the findings revealed that, the knowledge and attitude scores of antenatal mothers regarding early initiation of breast feeding revealed that 70.5% were having poor knowledge and 65% were having unfavorable attitude. The findings of the present study showed that there is a significant correlation between knowledge scores and attitude scores of antenatal mothers regarding early initiation of breastfeeding. The calculated correlation coefficient(r) was 0.616 which is greater than the table value 0.139at 0.05 level of significance, which showed that knowledge influence the attitude of antenatal mothers. Study findings also revealed that there is an significant association between knowledge scores of antenatal mothers and their selected personal variables like occupation, family income and previous exposure to health information and there is a significant association between attitude scores of antenatal mothers and their selected personal variables like age, occupation, type of family. Conclusion: The findings of this study revealed that there is a lack of knowledge and unfavorable attitude of antenatal mothers regarding early initiation of breast feeding.
KEYWORDS:
atal mothers, knowledge, attitude, early initiation of breast feeding.
Cite:
Dhanalakshmi N, Bhavya SV, Sheela Williams. Knowledge and Attitude of Antenatal Mothers Regarding Early Initiation of Breast Feeding. Asian J. Nur. Edu. and Research.2017; 7(3): 278-280.
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