Practices inRural Mothers of Maharashtra
Wadde S. K.1,
Vedpathak V. L.2, Yadav V. B.3
professor, Department of Community Medicine, M.I.M.S.R. Medical College,
Latur (MS) INDIA
professor, Department of Community Medicine, S. R. T. R. Medical
College, Ambajogai (MS) INDIA
& Head, Department of Community Medicine, M.G.M.�s Medical College,
Aurangabad (MS) INDIA
Academic Editor: Dr.
the first fundamental right of child. The nutritional and health status
of the infants depends upon the feeding practices of community. It is
also one of the determinants of child survival, birth spacing and
prevention of infection. Beneficial effects of breastfeeding depends on
correct breastfeeding practices like timely initiation, colostrum
feeding, avoidance of prelacteal feeding.
To study the
breastfeeding practices in rural community.
Material & Methods:
present cross sectional study was conducted in three adopted villages of
Department of P.S.M., S.R.T.R. Medical College, Ambajogai, Maharashtra.
306 mothers with youngest child in age group of 4-24 months were
included in the study. The information was collected by interviewing the
mothers with the help of pretested, predesigned proforma.
Age of all the
mothers ranged between 18 to 35 years. Out of 306 mothers enrolled in
the study 33.99% were illiterate. 123 (40.2%) mothers gave some kind of
prelacteal feed to the baby. Only 76 (24.84%) mothers initiated
breastfeeding within half hour of delivery. Maximum i.e. 85 (36.96%)
mother told reason of delayed breast feeding as �no milk secretion�. 279
(91.18%) mothers fed colostrum to their babies. Only 87 (28.43%) of the
mothers followed exclusive breast feeding. Most of the mothers (90.52%)
mothers followed demand feeding.
revealed very less magnitude of exclusive breastfeeding. A high number
of mothers gave prelacteal feeds to their babies. There is need of
breastfeeding intervention programmes mother during antenatal and