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Research Article

Socio-Demographic Features and Breast Feeding Profile of Mothers Attending Teaching Hospital in Gujarat State, India

Mamtarani1*, B. Divakar2 and Ratan K. Srivastava3

1Department of Community Medicine, Government Medical College, Surat (Gujarat), India

2Department of Pharmacology, Government Medical College, Surat (Gujarat), India

3Department of Community Medicine, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India

*Corresponding Author:
Dr. Mamtarani Verma
B-13 Assistant Professor Quarters
New Civil Hospital Campus, Majura Gate
Surat, Gujarat-395001, India
Tel: +91-09825606911
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: June 23, 2012; Accepted date: July 13, 2012; Published date: July 16, 2012

Citation: Mamtarani, Divakar B, Srivastava RK (2012) Socio-Demographic Features and Breast Feeding Profile of Mothers Attending Teaching Hospital in Gujarat State, India. J Community Med Health Educ 2:159. doi:10.4172/2161-0711.1000159

Copyright: © 2012 Mamtarani, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Objective: To relate the socio-demographic profile of mothers with their breast feeding practices.
Design: Hospital based cross sectional study.
Setting: Urban tertiary care teaching hospital.
Methods: A pretested semi-structured questionnaire was used. The information was collected by using interview
technique. Study was carried out from June 2005 to October 2005 in a tertiary care hospital. In the hospital 991 women
availed the services during study period and 600 (60.5%) of them were covered in this study. These women were
interviewed after the delivery in the hospital during postnatal period. Details of their socio-demographic features and
breast feeding profile were collected.
Ethical concern: No ethical issues were involved.
Data analysis: The data were analysed with the help of EpiInfo software (version. 3.2). Proportions & frequencies
were calculated by doing bivariate analysis.
Results: A total of 600 women were covered of those women 309 (51.5%) were young <25 years, 345 (57.5%)
mothers were literate and 537 (89.5%) mothers gave colostrum to their babies. Prelacteal feed was given by 205
(34.2%) of mothers in the present study.
Conclusion: The observations of the study will help in understanding the current breast feeding practices of mothers attending hospital


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