DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18203/2394-6040.ijcmph20164260

A comparative study of breast feeding practices in working women

Pradnya P. Sathe, Shubhalaxmi D. Kotnis, Mangulikar S. K.

Abstract


Background: Breast milk is ideal food for infants until 6 months after birth. In India, breast feeding practices vary according to different socio-demographic factors. This study was aimed to study and compare different factors affecting breast feeding practices in sugarcane workers and paramedical staff. The objectives were objectives to study socio-demographic factors affecting breast feeding practices in sugarcane workers and paramedical staff,  to compare factors affecting breast feeding practices in these groups and to suggest recommendations based on study findings.

Methods: A cross sectional study was done on 100 women from 2 groups of working women, 50 from paramedical staff and 50 from sugarcane workers. They were interviewed personally using predesigned and pretested questionnaire. All women working at the time of their postnatal period were included in the study. Statistical analysis used: Z test for difference in two proportions was used for statistical analysis.

Results: In Group A i.e. unskilled labourers, breast feeding was seen for prolonged duration (up to 2-3 years.) Whereas in Group B, breast feeding was for shorter duration (lasting up to 1 year in most women).

Conclusions: There was significant difference in breast feeding practices in the two groups.

Keywords


Breast feeding, Exclusive breast feeding, Working women

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