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Table 3 Knowledge and attitude about breastfeeding

From: Knowledge, attitude and techniques of breastfeeding among Nigerian mothers from a semi-urban community

Item Average score/(100%)
KNOWLEDGE
1. Woman who is fully breastfeeding is less likely to become pregnant 3 months after delivery than a woman who is formula feeding 48
2. Breastfeeding decreases diarrhea 46
3. Breastfeeding is a good contraceptive method 48
4. Breastfeeding promote mother-baby bonding 76
5. Feeding infant formula keeps the body well shaped and prevent over weight 70
6. Frequent breastfeeding in the early period can help reduce jaundice 66
7. Growth pattern of breastfed infants differ from those of formula fed 66
8. If a breastfed infant has not regained his birth weight by two weeks of age the mother should be encouraged to begin supplementing with formula. 62
9. Initial breast production of yellow water (colostrums) is nutritionally useless for the baby and should be discarded 52
10. Supplemental feeding is detrimental to the establishment of a good milk supply 48
11. Three month of breastfeeding is long enough 36
12. Work places provide designated areas for breastfeeding 36
ATTITUDE
1. Breastfeeding has effect on care of other family members and on marital relationship 42
2. Breastfeeding is a good way to decrease family expenses 72
3. Breastfeeding is easier than feeding infant on formula 76
4. Community encourages breastfeeding over feeding infant formula 76
5. Doctors and nurses encourage breastfeeding 76
6. Feeling shy of breastfeeding in public places 74
7. I’m not comfortable with breastfeeding 54
8. It is not difficult for breastfeeding mother to care for family 62
9. It is usually advisable for babies to receive a formula feed before the first breastfeed 50
10. Maternity leave of 3 months is enough to successful breastfeeding 48
11. Medical practitioners have no role in breastfeeding 48
12. Mother of an infant who feels that she has insufficient milk should top up with, a bottle after each feed. 56