Knowledge, Attitude and Practices Regarding Breastfeeding and Immunization among Mothers Attending a Tertiary Care Hospital in Sylhet

DOI: https://doi.org/10.47648/zhswmcj.2022.v0402.05

Chowdhury TA1 , Choudhury MUA2 , Chowdhury SR3 , Maria S4 , Shomy NR5 , Taposi Dey6 , Rahman A7

Abstract

Introduction: Breast milk provides proper nutrition, immunological protection, helps young children grow, preventing undernutrition and promoting brain development and helps to build mother infant bonding. Immunization is a timely step to prevent under 5 mortality and morbidity due to communicable diseases. Immunization along with breastfeeding reduces a significant number of infant and maternal mortality. Disease like neonatal tetanus can be prevented by vaccination of the women during pregnancy. This study tries to find out the knowledge, attitude and practices among the mothers regarding breastfeeding and immunization.

Materials and Methods: This facility based cross-sectional study was conducted among 205 women having at least one under five child at Jalalabad Ragib Rabeya Medical College and Hospital, Sylhet. A semi structured questionnaire was used as the data collecting tool.

Results About half of the participants had adequate knowledge regarding breast feeding. About 68% from urban area, had adequate knowledge regarding breastfeeding whereas majority of participants (66%) from rural area had inadequate knowledge of breast feeding (66%) which is found statistically significant (p=0.02). Statistically significant difference was also found in relationship between level of knowledge regarding breastfeeding and educational status of the participants (p= 0.01).

Conclusion: The results from our study showed that many participants had lacunae in attitude and practice of breast feeding and immunization and adequate health education should be given to the women with under five children.

Keywords: Breastfeeding, Immunization Attitude, Awareness.


  1. Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine

    Jalalabad Ragib-Rabeya Medical College, Sylhet

  2. Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine

    Jalalabad Ragib-Rabeya Medical College, Sylhet

  3. Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine

    Jalalabad Ragib-Rabeya Medical College, Sylhet

  4. Lecturer, Department of Community Medicine

    Jalalabad Ragib-Rabeya Medical College, Sylhet

  5. Lecturer, Department of Community Medicine

    Jalalabad Ragib-Rabeya Medical College, Sylhet

  6. Lecturer, Department of Community Medicine

    Jalalabad Ragib-Rabeya Medical College, Sylhet

  7. Lecturer, Department of Community Medicine

    Jalalabad Ragib-Rabeya Medical College, Sylhet


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