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A study on feeding practice of under 6 months infants attending the Nutrition Clinic of a tertiary care hospital of West Bengal, India


Background: while breast feeding is a natural act, it is also a learned behavior. The right technique of feeding in the right position is the key to success of breastfeeding.

Methods: to assess the feeding practice including positioning, attachment and suckling of under 6 months’ infants, a cross-sectional study was undertaken at R. G. Kar Medical College and Hospital, India, among 99 mothers in 2010.

Results: 59.8% mothers completed feeding from one breast before going to the next breast. 77.3% mothers alternated their breasts during subsequent feeds. 41.2% babies were well attached, 47.4% babies were correctly positioned.

Conclusions: there is a need to teach the mothers  the techniques of correct positioning and attachment, especially, in the post natal period before discharge from the hospital after delivery. 

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.2427/8947

NBN: http://nbn.depositolegale.it/urn%3Anbn%3Ait%3Aprex-11503


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