Infant feeding-Knowledge and attitudes in a rural area of Karnataka

Shalini Chandrashekar, B. K. Chakladar, R. S.P. Rao

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A study of the knowledge and attitute towards infant feeding was conducted in South India on a group of 300 mothers whose babies' ages from 3 days to 17 months. Most of the mothers opined that breast-feeding had to be initiated within 24 hours of birth. However, only 32% felt that breast milk should be the first feed, whereas 68% considered prelacteal feeds a necessity. 71% of the mothers considered 3 to 5 months to be the optimum duration of exclusive breast-feeding. 90% felt that cow's milk was an ideal supplement. 78.3% subscribed to the view that breast-feeding should continue beyond one year. A sizeable proportion expressed the need to discontinue breast-feeds during babies' or matemal illness, particularly diarrhoea. Our results will form the babies of the content and the target groups in our future health education programme.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)707-712
Number of pages6
JournalThe Indian Journal of Pediatrics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 01-11-1995
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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