DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18203/2349-3291.ijcp20171713

To assess the impact of various modes of postnatal breastfeeding education in promoting breastfeeding practices

Venkatesh Periasami, Vinodh Muthu, Ezhil Vaanija Sakkarai, Aravind Malayappan Ayyavoo, Ganesh Jayachandan

Abstract


Background: Breast milk is the best nutrient a mother can provide her baby. WHO recommends exclusively breastfeeding up to 6 months of life.The objective of the study was to study the impact of postnatal breastfeeding education in promoting breastfeeding practices and to identify the effective mode of education.

Methods: This is a RCT study conducted in Government RSRM lying-in hospital between Dec 2015 and May 2016.300 women who delivered live, term, healthy, AGA babies were divided randomly in to 3 study groups. Participants in group A were counselled about breastfeeding orally. Those in group B received written information and oral counselling. Group C members were shown an educational video apart from oral and written information. They were assessed on 15th day, 45th day, 3.5 months and 6 months using a simple questionnaire.

Results: Analysis showed that during the 1st visit, there was no statistical difference between groups. However, during the last visit there was significant statistical difference between groups with a p value of 0.004.

Conclusions: Audio-visual aid helps in better breastfeeding practices. Literacy status has no role in promoting breastfeeding practices. 


Keywords


Breastfeeding, Education, Neonate, Postnatal counselling

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