Perception on breast feeding practices among nursing mothers in Mysuru city
Author(s): MC Sandhyarani
Abstract: Breast feeding is defined as feeding infants only breast milk be it directly from breast with no addition of any liquid or solids or supplements nothing else. Research studies have affirmed that breast feeding for the first six months plays an important role in preventing various diseases, morbidity and mortality. Breast milk ensures nutrition which is required for child development. It is also important that mothers consume well-nourished food to feed their own infants. The present is undertaken to understand the perception of breast feeding practices among nursing mothers with an objective to know the extent of awareness of breast feeding practices among mothers in Mysore city. Nursing mothers who were admitted in the Government hospital for their delivery were interviewed, adopting accidental sampling method. More than 150 nursing mothers were interviewed. The results revealed that majority of the respondents lack the knowledge of aspects related to breast feeding practices.