Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of Female Physicians, Dentists, and Pharmacists Regarding Complementary Feeding of Their Infants: An Online Study
Iraqi Postgraduate Medical Journal,
2019, Volume 18, Issue 4, Pages 322-328
The transitional period from exclusive breastfeeding to family foods, is known as complementary feeding, and it is a very vulnerable period. WHO has developed and updated the guide "Complementary feeding: Family Foods for breastfed children" that gives a clear guidance for health care workers on how to promote complementary feeding.
To assess the knowledge, attitude and practice of mothers from the medical staff concerning complementary feeding, and pattern of their infants feeding
SUBJECTS AND METHODS:
A cross sectional study with analytic components was carried out online through Facebook, targeting members of close group of mothers from the medical staff. The study was done in 2018.
The age of mothers ranged between (23- 44) years, (45.6%) were physicians, (54.2%) of them were prim gravida. 73.2% of mothers introduce the complementary food between the age of four to six months. The total knowledge score of mothers was (68.4 ± 23.03. The total attitude score was (44.1 ± 22.8). The total practice score of mothers was (51.25 ± 18.2). (59%) received their information from the internet.
Almost half of the participants had a good knowledge, majority of them had poor attitude and almost half had a poor practice toward their infants feeding. Internet is the major source of their information.
KEYWORDS: complementary feeding, medical professions, online(facebook) group.a
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