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“THE NURSE - TODAY'S ADVOCATE OF BREAST FEEDING” „EVALUATION OF BREASTFEEDING KNOWLEDGE AMONG NURSES IN ACTIVE PRACTICE‟

Dr M V Srinath, Dr Swathi Padankatti, Dr Kuruvilla Thomas.

Abstract
Objective: To compare the knowledge and attitude of nurses with regard to breast feeding between
pediatric nurses (labour room, NICU, postnatal ward and pediatric ward) and nurses from other in-patient units in
a community hospital. Design: Descriptive Survey Design Setting: Community hospital in urban Chennai
Participants: 25 pediatric nurses and 25 nurses from other units – a total of 50 nurses Intervention: A
questionnaire comprising demographic details and a 21-item closed, structured breast feeding survey Main
outcome measures: Primary outcome: To measure knowledge about different aspects of breast feeding among all
nurses Secondary outcome: To determine the difference in knowledge about breast feeding between nurses
working with neonates and infants, and those working in other wards Results: Pediatric nurses demonstrated
good awareness about exclusive breast feeding, duration and position in breast feeding, colostrum and its benefits
and practical aspects of breast feeding. They did not have adequate knowledge about expression and storage of
breast milk and some theoretical aspects. Knowledge about most aspects of breast feeding was poor among nurses
working in other units of the hospital. Overall knowledge was moderate or adequate in pediatric nurses and
inadequate to moderate in other nurses, when analysed using the Likert scale. Conclusions: Since nurses need to
play an active role in support and continuation of breast feeding, it is recommended that they have adequate
knowledge and receive appropriate training to improve their knowledge in all aspects of breast feeding.

Key words: Nurse, Breastfeeding, Knowledge


 
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Dr M V Srinath, Dr Swathi Padankatti, Dr Kuruvilla Thomas. “THE NURSE - TODAY'S ADVOCATE OF BREAST FEEDING” „EVALUATION OF BREASTFEEDING KNOWLEDGE AMONG NURSES IN ACTIVE PRACTICE‟ . JCR. 2020; 7(19): 5550-5556. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.19.644


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Dr M V Srinath, Dr Swathi Padankatti, Dr Kuruvilla Thomas. “THE NURSE - TODAY'S ADVOCATE OF BREAST FEEDING” „EVALUATION OF BREASTFEEDING KNOWLEDGE AMONG NURSES IN ACTIVE PRACTICE‟ . http://www.jcreview.com/?mno=133488 [Access: September 14, 2020]. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.19.644


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Dr M V Srinath, Dr Swathi Padankatti, Dr Kuruvilla Thomas. “THE NURSE - TODAY'S ADVOCATE OF BREAST FEEDING” „EVALUATION OF BREASTFEEDING KNOWLEDGE AMONG NURSES IN ACTIVE PRACTICE‟ . JCR. 2020; 7(19): 5550-5556. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.19.644



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Dr M V Srinath, Dr Swathi Padankatti, Dr Kuruvilla Thomas. “THE NURSE - TODAY'S ADVOCATE OF BREAST FEEDING” „EVALUATION OF BREASTFEEDING KNOWLEDGE AMONG NURSES IN ACTIVE PRACTICE‟ . JCR. (2020), [cited September 14, 2020]; 7(19): 5550-5556. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.19.644



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Dr M V Srinath, Dr Swathi Padankatti, Dr Kuruvilla Thomas (2020) “THE NURSE - TODAY'S ADVOCATE OF BREAST FEEDING” „EVALUATION OF BREASTFEEDING KNOWLEDGE AMONG NURSES IN ACTIVE PRACTICE‟ . JCR, 7 (19), 5550-5556. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.19.644



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Dr M V Srinath, Dr Swathi Padankatti, Dr Kuruvilla Thomas. 2020. “THE NURSE - TODAY'S ADVOCATE OF BREAST FEEDING” „EVALUATION OF BREASTFEEDING KNOWLEDGE AMONG NURSES IN ACTIVE PRACTICE‟ . Journal of Critical Reviews, 7 (19), 5550-5556. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.19.644



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Dr M V Srinath, Dr Swathi Padankatti, Dr Kuruvilla Thomas. "“THE NURSE - TODAY'S ADVOCATE OF BREAST FEEDING” „EVALUATION OF BREASTFEEDING KNOWLEDGE AMONG NURSES IN ACTIVE PRACTICE‟ ." Journal of Critical Reviews 7 (2020), 5550-5556. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.19.644



MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Dr M V Srinath, Dr Swathi Padankatti, Dr Kuruvilla Thomas. "“THE NURSE - TODAY'S ADVOCATE OF BREAST FEEDING” „EVALUATION OF BREASTFEEDING KNOWLEDGE AMONG NURSES IN ACTIVE PRACTICE‟ ." Journal of Critical Reviews 7.19 (2020), 5550-5556. Print. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.19.644



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Dr M V Srinath, Dr Swathi Padankatti, Dr Kuruvilla Thomas (2020) “THE NURSE - TODAY'S ADVOCATE OF BREAST FEEDING” „EVALUATION OF BREASTFEEDING KNOWLEDGE AMONG NURSES IN ACTIVE PRACTICE‟ . Journal of Critical Reviews, 7 (19), 5550-5556. doi:10.31838/jcr.07.19.644