A study of breast feeding practices among mothers of infants in an urban slum, South Indian city, Nellore


  • E. Kishore Department of Pediatrics, Narayana Medical College, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Syam Sundar Junapudi Department of Community Medicine, Government Medical College, Nizamabad, Telangana, India




Breast feeding, Infants, Urban


Background: The benefits of breastfeeding are well established and for the most part it is rather beneficial for children to drink their mother's milk One of the most commonly cited benefits of breastfeeding is that it helps connect mothers and their children; the baby feels its mother's body warmth and heartbeat (reminiscent of the womb it has left) and can become familiar with its mother's smell. Studies have shown that babies who are breastfed are more likely to reach adulthood. Breast milk is the ideal food for the infant under any circumstance. Objective of present study was to assess the breast feeding and infant feeding practices among mothers of infants aged 0- 12 months.

Methods: A Community based cross-sectional study among mothers of infants aged 0-12 months at field practice area of Narayana Medical College, Nellore. This Study was undertaken during March to May 2016. A sample size of 112 respondents were included in this study.

Results: 112 mothers of infants aged 0-12 months were included in this study. The source of knowledge regarding breast feeding among these mothers was health personnel 60 (53.57%), Family members was the second most common source 35 (31.25%) fallowed by others 17 (15.18%).

Conclusions: Family support and mother’s literacy play important role in promoting breast feeding among mothers. Health education given to mothers helps them to establish breast feeding and take care of their infants. 


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