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Knowledge, attitudes and practices of Iraqi mothers and family child-caring women regarding breastfeeding.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19161071     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We assessed breastfeeding knowledge, attitudes and practices of 3413 Iraqi mothers and adult female relatives in the same household and their association with sociodemographic characteristics. The majority of the women (73.1%) initiated breastfeeding early after delivery, 92.9% believed colostrum was good for their baby and 64.6% breastfed on demand. However, knowledge was lacking about full exclusive breastfeeding until 6 months postpartum, signs of good positioning and latch-on and the correct to introduce supplements. Nearly 35% believed that breast milk was not enough for their infants. Rural and less educated women knew less about breastfeeding concepts than more educated urban women but more continued breastfeeding longer and introduced supplements later.
A J Abdul Ameer; A H M Al-Hadi; M M Abdulla
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Eastern Mediterranean health journal = La revue de santé de la Méditerranée orientale = al-Majallah al-ṣiḥḥīyah li-sharq al-mutawassiṭ     Volume:  14     ISSN:  1020-3397     ISO Abbreviation:  East. Mediterr. Health J.     Publication Date:    2008 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-01-23     Completed Date:  2009-02-12     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9608387     Medline TA:  East Mediterr Health J     Country:  Egypt    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1003-14     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Community Medicine, College of Medicine, Al-Nahrain University, Baghdad, Iraq.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude to Health* / ethnology
Breast Feeding* / ethnology,  statistics & numerical data
Chi-Square Distribution
Cross-Sectional Studies
Educational Status
Food Habits / ethnology
Health Education
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Infant Care / psychology,  statistics & numerical data
Infant Food
Maternal Age
Maternal Behavior / ethnology
Mothers* / education,  psychology,  statistics & numerical data
Needs Assessment
Residence Characteristics
Socioeconomic Factors
Time Factors
Women* / education,  psychology

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