Assessment of knowledge, attitude and practice of mother towards infant and young child feeding
Niveditha S Reddy, Vijay Kumar, Siddu BN
Objectives: To assess mother’s knowledge, attitude and practices towards infant and young child feeding using special indicators recommended by WHO for assessment of feeding practices. Methods: It is a cross-sectional study, including, 200 mothers with children aged 6–24 months, attending Immunization clinic, Pediatric OPD of KVGMCH, Sullia from Nov 2017 to April 2019. Data was collected using a self-administered, semi-structured questionnaire. Results: It was observed in the study that 85% mothers had knowledge of duration about the exclusive breast feeding. Though 85% of mothers had appropriate knowledge of starting complementary feeds, only 48 mothers(24%) started at 6 months, majority of them initiated below 6 months (70%) and 12 mothers (6%)delayed complementary feeding to more than 6 months. Conclusion: Overall this study revealed that majority of the mothers had good knowledge and a favorable attitude towards infant and young child feeding but ideal practices being carried out by them were found to be very low. The present study indicates the need for health education through interventional programmes to reach not only the mothers but also the primary caregivers of the mother and the child.