Exclusive Breastfeeding & Complementary Feeding Practices and Their Nutritional Knowledge Among Mothers at Chowhali Upazila in Sirajganj District, Bangladesh
International and Public Affairs
Volume 1, Issue 1, September 2017, Pages: 8-13
Received: May 10, 2017; Accepted: May 26, 2017; Published: Jul. 14, 2017
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Serajul Islam, Department of Food Technology and Nutritional Science, Mawlana Bhashani Science and Technology University, Tangail, Bangladesh
Mohammad Jakir Hossain, Institute of Health Science, Dhaka University, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Salahuddin, Department of Public Health, North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh
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The study was conducted considering the exclusive breastfeeding, complementary feeding practices & their nutritional knowledge at Chowhali Char under Sirajganj area among 200 mothers in Bangladesh. There were 49% (n = 98) exclusive breastfeeding, early initiation 60% (n = 120) and 48% (n = 96) complementary feeding chosen for the study from Chowhali Char of the north Bengal using simple random sampling method. Results exposed to have 1500-5000 BDT family income & food expenditure 1200-3000 BDT per month; educational level was very low because there were no any secondary or higher secondary level, only 63% (n = 126) primary level. There were another feeding practice before exclusive breastfeeding i.e. 37.50% (n = 75) honey, 56.50% (n = 113) sugar & 6% (n = 12) others feeding so that child was not interest on exclusive breastfeeding; there were also exclusive breastfeeding duration was very low i.e. about 12.50% (n = 25) mother within 1-2 month, 81% (n = 162) 3-4 month & 6.50% (n = 13) mother 5-6 month. On the other hand, there were other feeding practices i.e. cow milk 44% (n = 88), formula milk 6% (n = 12) & 50% (n = 100) normal homemade food before six month. Their Nutritional knowledge were not good, only 19% (n = 38) known & 81% (n = 162) unknown mother about exclusive breastfeeding. Similarly 43.5% (n = 87) mother known about breast milk is easily digestible & 56.5% (n = 113) no knowledge; on the other hand, 87.5% (n = 175) mother known about breast milk is more nutritious than others food but 12.5% (n = 25) unknown. However, only 38 mother (19%) mother well known about balance diet but maximum mothers no knowledge i.e. 81% (n = 162); about 12.5% (n = 25) mother known on breast milk contains antibodies & 87.5% (n = 175) unknown; most of the mother there were no knowledge about breast milk which helps in physical & mental development i.e. 75% (n = 150) but only 25% (n = 50) mother knowledge it.
Early Initiation, Exclusive Breastfeeding, Complementary Feeding, Nutrition Knowledge, Monthly Income, Mothers, Char Area
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Serajul Islam, Mohammad Jakir Hossain, Salahuddin, Exclusive Breastfeeding & Complementary Feeding Practices and Their Nutritional Knowledge Among Mothers at Chowhali Upazila in Sirajganj District, Bangladesh, International and Public Affairs. Vol. 1, No. 1, 2017, pp. 8-13. doi: 10.11648/j.ipa.20170101.12
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