Practices and Problems Related to Breastfeeding among Mothers of Under-Five Children

  • Anju Philip T.1, Neethu R.2, Jibin John2, Binsha C.S.2, Amlu Vettom2, Lithiya Thomas2, Joyce Kanjamattathil2
Keywords: Breast feeding, Mothers of under five children

Abstract

Objective: The purpose of present study is to identify the practice and problems related to breastfeeding
among the mothers of under five children .
Design: A quantitative, descriptive survey design
Setting: Paediatric In Patient and Out Patient Department at AIMS, Kochi, Kerala, India.
Subjects: Convenience sampling was used to select 60 mothers of under-five children .
Method: Semi structured interview schedule was used to assess the breast feeding practices among mothers
of under-five children and Checklists to assess breast feeding problems and factors influencing breast feeding
practices among mothers of under-five children.
Result: Majority of mothers (90%) given colostrum. 53.3% had given exclusive breast feed while thirty
seven mothers 46% opted formula feed and 26.7% had given expressed breast milk during the first six
months of life. 48.3% mothers feed their baby completely from one breast before offering the other. 70%
offered alternate breast during next feed, 43.3% taken dietary modifications and supplements to increase
breast milk. Most of the mothers 58.35% initiated breast feeding after two hours. Majority of mothers 46.7%
had complaints of problems related to biting during breast feeding. Out of sixty mothers twenty one (35%)
reported inadequate breast milk production as a problem during feeding, 30% faces problems related to
breast engorgement.
Conclusion: WHO recommended the exclusive breast feeding up to 6 months. But the present study shows
that 46.7% of the mothers initiated formula fed before six months and of 90% of mothers fed colostrum.
Hence there is a need to educate mothers about exclusive breast feeding up to 6 months.

Author Biography

Anju Philip T.1, Neethu R.2, Jibin John2, Binsha C.S.2, Amlu Vettom2, Lithiya Thomas2, Joyce Kanjamattathil2

1Assistant Professor, 2Fourth Year B.Sc. Nursing Students, Amrita College of Nursing, Amrita Institute of Medical
Science and Research Centre, AMRITA Vishwa Vidyapeetham,Health Sciences Campus, Kochi, Kerala, India

Published
2020-05-22
How to Cite
Anju Philip T.1, Neethu R.2, Jibin John2, Binsha C.S.2, Amlu Vettom2, Lithiya Thomas2, Joyce Kanjamattathil2. (2020). Practices and Problems Related to Breastfeeding among Mothers of Under-Five Children. Medico Legal Update, 20(2), 19-24. Retrieved from http://ijop.net/index.php/mlu/article/view/1053