Knowledge and attitude regarding complementary feeding practices among medical interns in Yenepoya medical college, Mangalore


  • Sowmya R. Nathan Department of Pediatrics, Yenepoya Medical College, Mangalore, Karnataka
  • Haleema Nuwera Department of Pediatrics, Yenepoya Medical College, Mangalore, Karnataka
  • Shyam Sudhir Department of Pediatrics, Yenepoya Medical College, Mangalore, Karnataka
  • Rasheena Shamshu Department of Pediatrics, Yenepoya Medical College, Mangalore, Karnataka



Young children, Complementary feeding, Knowledge, Attitude


Background: The health of the child depends on the attainment of the nutritional requirements, which include breast-feeding followed by complementary feeding. The mother’s knowledge on complementary feeding is greatly relied upon health workers. Therefore it is important for the health workers to know the recommended practices for Infant and Young Child Feeding practices so that they can impart the same to mothers.

Methods: Cross sectional hospital based questionnaire study conducted among 120 medical interns at Yenepoya Medical College Hospital, Mangalore. A score of more than 75% was considered good, 50 -74% moderate, and less than 50% as poor. Statistical Package of social science (SPSS) software was used for analysis of data.

Results: Of the 110 respondents, majority of them (88.18%) of them agreed to initiate complementary feeding at 6 months. 82% of them responded that it should be initiated with rice/cereal-based diet. Of the 110 responded 87 of them agreed that for a 6–8 month old breastfed child the frequency of feeds needed to be at least 2 times or higher. Regarding the type of complementary feeding, 89.09% were aware that it should be started with mono-cereals.

Conclusions: This study concluded that majority of the medical interns had a good knowledge on the recommended feeding practices for the infant and young child. There were very few medical interns who had to be informed regarding the correct infant and young child feeding practices.


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