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Perception of Infant Feeding Practices among mothers-to-be:An Urban-based school study

, MBBS, MD

Journal of Family & Community Medicine

Medknow Publications & Media Pvt Ltd

breast-feeding, weaning, school health education

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      This study on the perception of infant feeding practices was conducted among unmarried girls from two randomly selected Saudi public schools in Al-Khobar. Though it was encouraging to note that the attitude of the, girls was largely in favour of breast feeding, many deficiencies were identified in their knowledge of infant feeding. 67.1 % students were unaware of the importance of colostrum and 70.5% opted for scheduled feeding over demand feeding. To 40.2% girls an optimum duration of 18-24 months for breast Feeding was not desirable. A large proportion of students lacked knowledge on the methods of promoting lactation such as early suckling (51.4%), frequent suckling (40%) and “rooming-in” (37.9%). Only 28% of the girls knew the correct age of introducing solid food. With the present trend of decline in the duration of breastfeeding in Saudi Arabia, the schools could play an important role in training and motivating future mothers for proper infant feeding practices.

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        Mothers or other close relatives of children who were in hospital in Riyadh, were asked about their feeding practices. Sixty-four per cent of mothers of newborn babies had attended antenatal clinics, but only 10% had received any instructions on feeding. Of the hospitalized children only 27% were receiving breast milk alone by one month of age. However, of the 28% of mothers who had some education, 84% were breast feeding at three months of age. In Riyadh 36 brands of artificial milk feeds are available, and by three months of age, the average baby had been on six varieties of milk. Less than 14% of mothers intending to bottle feed could read the instructions, and of those who believed they knew how, only 18% made up the formula correctly. Educational opportunities need to be exploited and easy availability of artificial milk curbed.
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            Affiliations
            Department of Family and Community Medicine, College of Medicine and Medical Sciences, King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia
            Author notes
            Correspondence to: Dr. Parveen Rasheed, P.O. Box 2114, Dammam 31451, Saudi Arabia
            Journal
            J Family Community Med
            J Family Community Med
            JFCM
            Journal of Family & Community Medicine
            Medknow Publications & Media Pvt Ltd (India )
            1319-1683
            2229-340X
            Jan-Dec 1994
            : 1
            : 1
            : 72-78
            3437185
            23008538
            JFCM-1-72
            Copyright: © Journal of Family and Community Medicine

            This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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            school health education, weaning, breast-feeding

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