Knowledge, attitudes and sources of information on breastfeeding among pregnant mothers

Tan, Ay Eeng and Choong, Wai Kwong and Leong, Pooi Yan and Ng, Wei Mui and Yong, Soon Leong (2008) Knowledge, attitudes and sources of information on breastfeeding among pregnant mothers. Medicine & Health, 3 (1). pp. 30-37. ISSN 1823-2140


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This is a cross-sectional study on 218 pregnant mothers in an urban government Hospital. The study aimed to assess knowledge, attitudes and sources of information on breastfeeding. The results could be utilised to promote breastfeeding. Almost all the respondents (96.8%) intended to breastfeed their newborns. Most of them (74.8%) were knowledgeable about breastfeeding i.e. colostrum and breast milk was the best food, good for resistance against disease and allergy, filling up stomach easily, helpful in teeth development and maternal recovery after birth, increased bonding, was easy and economical. The two main misconceptions were mothers would stop breastfeeding when infant or mother was sick, and giving clear fluid to the exclusively breastfed infants to prevent dehydration. Most mothers (83.9%) responded positively towards breastfeeding i.e. it was easier than infant formula, had no negative effect on marital relationship or family care, would commence breastfeeding straight after delivery, agreeable to the banning of bottles and teats in hospital and they would not stop breastfeeding even if husband discouraged them. Only 56.9% of the mothers believed they could breastfeed their babies with modesty anywhere. The main sources of information were attained from the mass media (34.9%), antenatal class (32.1%) and other mothers with breastfeeding experiences

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Breastfeeding; knowledge; attitude; antenatal class
Journal:Medicine & Health
ID Code:2005
Deposited By: mr Mustaffa Abu Bakar
Deposited On:22 Jun 2011 03:26
Last Modified:14 Dec 2016 06:30

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