A Descriptive Study to Assess the Paternal Knowledge and Attitude towards Exclusive Breastfeeding in a Selected Tertiary Care Setting, Kanchipuram District, Tamil Nadu, India

  • M. Abirami1, B. Abishek1, K. Gayathri1, S. Amudha1, P. Suvetha1, Veena M. Joseph2
Keywords: Exclusive breastfeeding, Paternal, Knowledge, Attitude

Abstract

The study aimed at assessing the paternal knowledge and attitude towards exclusive breastfeeding using
a descriptive research design. The sample size consisted of 125 fathers of children in the age group of ≥
6 months to 2 years of age. A Convenient Sampling was used for selecting the fathers. The demographic
profile of the fathers and infants was assessed through a structured interview. Paternal Knowledge and
Attitude towards exclusive breastfeeding was assessed with the help of a self-administered Questionnaire
and a self-administered Opinionnaire.
The Study findings revealed that nearly 74% of fathers had good knowledge on exclusive breastfeeding
and nearly 69% of fathers had positive attitude towards exclusive breastfeeding. Study also revealed a
positive correlation (r=0.32) between paternal knowledge and attitude towards exclusive breastfeeding. A
statistically significant association was found between paternal knowledge and paternal age, family type and
residence at p<0.05 and a statistical significant correlation was found between paternal attitude and paternal
age, employment status, family type, NICU stay of infant and residence at 5% level of significance (p<0.05).
The study helped to conclude that fathers are aware about Exclusive breastfeeding and fathers with good
knowledge had a positive attitude towards Exclusive breastfeeding. Hence fathers can be a source of great
support to their partners and help to promote the culture of Exclusive breastfeeding.

Author Biography

M. Abirami1, B. Abishek1, K. Gayathri1, S. Amudha1, P. Suvetha1, Veena M. Joseph2

1IIIrd Year B.Sc. Nursing Students, 2Prof., Guide & Co-investigator, Obstetrics and Gynecological Nursing
Department, Chettinad College of Nursing, Chettinad Academy of Research and Education, Rajiv Gandhi Salai,
Kelambakkam, Kanchipuram District, Tamil Nadu, India

Published
2020-05-22
How to Cite
M. Abirami1, B. Abishek1, K. Gayathri1, S. Amudha1, P. Suvetha1, Veena M. Joseph2. (2020). A Descriptive Study to Assess the Paternal Knowledge and Attitude towards Exclusive Breastfeeding in a Selected Tertiary Care Setting, Kanchipuram District, Tamil Nadu, India. Medico Legal Update, 20(2), 90-94. Retrieved from http://ijop.net/index.php/mlu/article/view/1071