Vol. 4, Issue 9 (2018)
Assessment of breast feeding intervention on infant health
Author(s): Dr. Akhilesh Kumar, Dr. Alka Singh
Abstract: Medical professionals hold the responsibility of spreading evidence-based scientific practices for promoting correct infant feeding. The need to assess and improve the knowledge by educational intervention among the medical students pertaining to infant feeding practices is crucial as they are the future health care providers. Hence based on these facts the present study was planned to assess the breast feeding practices amongst the mothers from Bihar. The study was conducted on 50 lactating females doing breastfeeding for up to 6 months. All the females come to Department of Pediatrics in NMCH Patna from Aug 2015 to Jan 2016 for the general visit were included in the present study. Baseline evaluation was followed by an intervention i.e., educational session which included video presentations, power point presentations, and lectures on initiation and techniques of breast feeding, importance of exclusive breast feeding, weaning, complementary feeding, and interactive sessions by the faculties of the Department of Community Medicine. The educational sessions were carried out for the duration of 30 min/day over a period of 1 week. This was followed by an end line survey allowing a gap of a month's duration using the same questionnaire. Breast feeding is an age old art and science in child rearing which holds its significance even today. It is an unequalled way of providing ideal food for the healthy growth and development of infants; also an integral part of the reproductive process with important implications for the health of mothers] Hence the data generated from the intervention and non –intervention group concludes that early initiation of breast feeding after birth and education intervention prevents morbidities and promotes healthy survival of infant & optimal weight gain in infants.
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