Knowledge, attitude and practices of lactating mothers towards breastfeeding in a tertiary care hospital Nagpur: a cross sectional study

Sushama S. Thakre, Subhash B. Thakre, Priti N. Tiwari, Hitesh C. Tayade


Background: Breastfeeding is the most important intervention for reducing infant mortality and ensuring normal growth and development of a child. Objective of this study was to assess the knowledge, attitude, and practices toward Breastfeeding among lactating mothers visiting immune-prophylaxis clinic of tertiary health care centre, Nagpur Maharashtra.

Methods: A hospital-based cross-sectional study was conducted among 400 mothers at tertiary health care centre, Nagpur in the state of Maharashtra, India. The lactating mothers whose children under the age of 3 years were interviewed.

Results: Maximum number of women were in the age group of 26-30 years (46%). Mothers with parity >1 had satisfactory knowledge regarding breastfeeding (p=0.0001). Prevalence of exclusive breastfeeding rate was found to be 86%.

Conclusions: Efforts should be strengthened to make mothers aware of health benefits of breastfeeding for themselves and their offspring to improve the overall maternal and child health.


Attachment, Exclusive breastfeeding, Lactating mothers, Knowledge, Positioning

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