Original Research Article
Year: 2018 | Month: July-September | Volume: 3 | Issue: 3 | Pages: 68-72
Knowledge and Newborn Feeding Pattern Assessment Regarding Breast Feeding among Postnatal Mothers: A Cross Sectional Descriptive Study
Ms. Seema Devi1, Ms. Adiba Siddiqui2, Dr. (Ms.) Poonam Sheoran3, Ms. Simarjeet Kaur4
1Post Graduate Student, 2Professor, 3Head and Professor, 4Assistant Professor,
OBG Nursing Department, M.M. College of Nursing, Mullana, Ambala Haryana, India,
Corresponding Author: Ms. Simarjeet Kaur
Background: Breastfeeding is the feeding of babies and young children with milk from a woman's breast. Breast milk is the best food for the baby and baby can successfully get adequate feeding when mothers can properly latch on their babies to breast which prevents all the nipple sores, crack nipples, painful feeding which is the major obstacle for successful breastfeeding.
Objectives: The current study was undertaken with objectives to assess the knowledge regarding breastfeeding and newborn feeding pattern among newborn babies of postnatal mothers in selected hospital Ambala, Haryana.
Method: Experimental research design with cross sectional descriptive study was adopted. The study participants comprised of 80 postnatal mothers were selected from rural Hospital of District. Ambala, Haryana by using purposive sampling technique. Data was collected from postnatal mothers through face-to-face interview by using structured knowledge questionnaire and modified newborn feeding pattern scale.
Findings: SPSS version 20 was used for statistical analysis. More than one third of post natal mothers (42.5%) were in 23-27 years of age. Nearly half of postnatal mothers (47.5%) had education up to higher secondary. Less than two third (61.2%) of postnatal mothers had initiated of breastfeed within one hour. More than half (53.7%) of the postnatal mothers were having below average level of knowledge regarding breastfeeding. Less than half babies (47.5%) had inadequate feeding pattern.
Conclusion: The finding of the study revealed that the postnatal mothers were having below average knowledge regarding breast feeding and less than half of newborn babies had inadequate feeding pattern.
Keywords: Knowledge, Newborn Feeding Pattern, Breastfeeding, Postnatal mothers