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Assessment on Knowledge of Adult Women with Regards to Benefits of Breastfeeding at Prince Bader Housing

Fahad Aljarboa, Saleh Almanea, Abdullah F Aljarboa, Tala S Almanea, Bader Aldebasi.


Objective was assess the knowledge of the adult women with regards to the benefits of breastfeeding at Prince Bader Housing. This study was a cross-sectional survey targeting mothers visiting primary health care clinics. Nearly 200 single-page questionnaires with 20 questions were distributed to visiting mothers at the well-baby clinics. Sampling was convenient and randomness was assumed by visit sequence, on a "first-come-first-serve" basis, and those who agreed to participate. Mothers visiting the O.B clinic or visiting the Pediatrician and Well-Baby Clinic within the PHC centers for immunization of their children (under 2 years of age) SPSS was used for data analysis. The total subjects in this study were 188, the average age of the participants was 32.6 years with a standard deviation of 32, the youngest age of the participant was 22 years and oldest age was 46 years and the average family size was 1.5 (roughly 2 children). A substantial majority of mothers agreed that breast milk is better than any formula milk. More than three-fourths of the mothers responded that Exclusive breastfeeding should be given. The majority of mothers can identify the colostrum in breast milk, majority of mothers believed that breastfeeding will protect their baby from specific diseases.In this study, more than two-thirds of the mothers answered questions in a manner that indicates they are well educated about the benefit of breastfeeding. This points towards the implementation of a good educational program for mothers by healthcare providers.

Key words: Breastfeeding, Colostrum, Knowledge, Saudi Arabia.

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