Skip to main content Skip to main navigation menu Skip to site footer
Articles
Published: 2020-05-09

Knowledge, attitude, and practice of mothers about complementary feeding for infants aged 6-12 months in Anbar Province, Iraq

Department of Family and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Anbar University, Anbar, Iraq.
Department of Family and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Anbar University, Anbar, Iraq
Department of Anatomy, Molecular Genetics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Diyala, Diyala, Iraq
Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Bezmialem Vakif University, Istanbul, Turkey
Complementary feeding, Exclusive breastfeeding, Maternal Knowledge and attitudes, Anbar, Iraq.

Abstract

Background: The understanding of what mothers think about breastfeeding helps in developing successful breastfeeding promotion programs. This study aims to assess the maternal knowledge, attitude, and practice about the complementary feeding for infants aged 6-12 months.

Methods: A cross-sectional study designed to interview 219 mothers with children between 6-12 months. Data was collected between 1st March and 30th April 2019 from ten maternal and child health clinics (MCHCs) in Anbar Province, Iraq. SPSS version 16.0 was recruited to analyze the data. Descriptive and inferential statistics such as Chi-square used to present data with the significance level set at less than 0.05.

Results:  The mean age of respondents was 27.76 ± 6.3 years, and 31% were at the primary school level. Two third (66.82%) of the surveyed mothers exclusively used breastfeeding to feed their infants. Most women (84.09%) have the correct knowledge about the best time to start complementary food. The vast majority of women (93.64%) refused to give vitamins to children even with signs of malnutrition.

Conclusion: Although exclusive breastfeeding is common among mothers of the western region in Iraq, there is still a considerable percentage depend on the mixture of breastfeeding and bottle feeding. The positive impact of the family and society on mothers was evident. However, more attention should be given to improve knowledge, attitude, and practice through qualified healthcare providers.



Downloads

Download data is not yet available.


How to Cite

1.
Al-Samarrai MAM, Al-Rawi RA, Yaseen SM, Ali Jadoo SA. Knowledge, attitude, and practice of mothers about complementary feeding for infants aged 6-12 months in Anbar Province, Iraq. jidhealth [Internet]. 2020 May 9 [cited 2022 Nov. 27];3(1):125-9. Available from: https://www.jidhealth.com/index.php/jidhealth/article/view/17