Medical and Dental Consultantsí Association of Nigeria
Home - About us - Editorial board - Search - Ahead of print - Current issue - Archives - Submit article - Instructions - Subscribe - Advertise - Contacts - Login 
  Users Online: 647   Home Print this page Email this page Small font sizeDefault font sizeIncrease font size
Year : 2009  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 403-406

Exclusive breastfeeding--the relationship between maternal perception and practice

Department of Paediatrics, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
U O Uchendu
Department of Paediatrics, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria

Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

PMID: 20329681

Rights and PermissionsRights and Permissions

BACKGROUND: The behaviour adopted by individuals is moulded by their perception of various issues. In spite of well established benefits of exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) to babies, mothers and society, the EBF practice rate (EBFPr) in our environment has remained low. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate mother's perception of exclusive breastfeeding and determine the relationship between such view and their practices. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Two hundred mothers were interviewed to elicit their perception of the merit and demerits of exclusive breastfeeding. The pattern of perception was related to actual practice in order to seek for possible associations. RESULTS: Of the 184 respondents, 39 (21.2%) practiced EBF for all their babies, while 95 (51.6%) never did so for any of their babies. Knowledge of EBF was excellent (94.0% and 90.8%) of the study group gave accurate definition and duration respectively. Most mothers felt that EBF babies look healthier (85.1%), have less disease (84.5%), are more intelligent (59.1%) but their mothers eat a lot (79.3%). Those who agree to the positive benefits of EBF generally had higher overall complete EBFPr than those who disagreed, as they looked healthier (p = 0.0001), had less disease (p = 0.041) and more intelligent (p= 0.0001). In addition to this, mothers who did EBF for all babies ( ie those with an EBFPr of 100%) had more positive perception on the benefits ofEBF. CONCLUSION: There is a fairly good relationship between pattern of maternal perception of the benefits of EBF and actual practice. Efforts need to be intensified to educate and encourage mothers to see the merits of EBF both for themselves and their babies.

[PDF Not available]*
Print this article     Email this article
 Next article
 Previous article
 Table of Contents

 Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
 Citation Manager
 Access Statistics
 Reader Comments
 Email Alert *
 Add to My List *
 * Requires registration (Free)

 Article Access Statistics
    PDF Downloaded0    
    Comments [Add]    
    Cited by others 1    

Recommend this journal