National Journal of Community Medicine

Original Article

Year: 2020 | Volume: 11 | Issue: 4 | Page No: 171-175

Intervention Study to Improve Knowledge and Attitude of Lactating Mother about Breast Feeding In a Rural Area of Hapur

Author: Nitin Kumar Pathak1, Pankaj Kumar2


1Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Rama Medical College Hospital & Research Centre, Hapur

2Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, G.S. Medical College, Pilkhuwa, Hapur


Introduction: Breastfeeding is an important public health strategy for improving infant and child morbidity and mortality, improving maternal morbidity, and helping to control health care costs. Breastfeeding is associated with a reduced risk of otitis media, gas-troenteritis, respiratory illness, sudden infant death syndrome, ne-crotizing enterocolitis, obesity, and hypertension. This study was done to assess the knowledge attitude of lactating mothers. Methodology: A cross-sectional pre and post test KAP, descriptive study was carried out among mothers of children less than two years of age, attitudes, Knowledge towards breastfeeding. An intervention was done by showing a documentary film to lactating mother. Results: The number of correct responses about Knowledge, atti-tude, practice increased significantly after the intervention. Discussion: Statistically significant difference was found between attitude scores and age, employment. Mothers older than 25 years and housewife had more positive attitudes toward breast feeding. Conclusion: Due to low level of knowledge among Indian lactating mothers, it is important to provide prenatal education to mothers on breast feeding. We also recommend strengthening the public health education campaigns to promote breast feeding.

Keywords: Breast Feeding, Lactating Mother, Intervention

DOI: 10.5455/njcm.20200203095038