Main Organiser

Julius Centre University of Malaya

Co-organiser

Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malay

Supported by

University of Malaya

ASSESSING MOTHERS' KNOWLEDGE AND ATTITUDE TOWARD BREAST FEEDING IN YASOUJ, IRAN

Author

Fariba Mahamed, Parhizkar S

Institution

Public Health Departments, Faculty of Health, Yasouj University of Medical Sciences (YUMS), Iran

Abstract

Objectives: Infant feeding decisions depend on knowledge and attitudes toward breastfeeding. The present study aims to describe attitudes and knowledge of mothers breast feeding.

Methods: The current study was a cross-sectional comparative study among 102 mothers in two selected health centre in Yasouj. Data was gathered using a questionnaire including three sections: demographic characteristics as well as mothers’ knowledge and attitude toward breast feeding. Study participants were selected randomly among breast fed mothers who attended in health center during study period.

Results: The mean age of respondents was 28.14±6.4. The results indicated that almost of the mothers had medium level of knowledge (65%) and also relatively positive attitude toward breastfeeding (69%). Meanwhile the minority of respondents had low level of knowledge (15%) as well as positive attitude (14%) regarding breast feeding. The result indicated a significant correlation between mothers’ education level and knowledge (p<0.01) and their knowledge and attitude (p<0.001).

Conclusion: According to the results, mothers knowledge and attitude towards breast feeding were not desirable. So it is necessary that we emphasize on enhancing mothers’ information focusing on their educational level.