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Evaluating the Knowledge, Attitude and Practices of Nursing Mothers towards Exclusive Breastfeeding in Tano North District

Gilbert Owiah Sampson

,

Barikisu Mohammed

,

Ibrahim Nshinmi Iddrisu

Gilbert Owiah Sampson 1

Barikisu Mohammed 2
Ibrahim Nshinmi Iddrisu 3

  1. Head of Department and Acting Dean, Faculty of Vocational Education University of Education, Winneba, College of Technology Education, Kumasim, Ghana. 1

  2. Tutor, Boakye Tromo Senior High Technical School, Duayaw Nkwanta-Ghana. 2

  3. Tamale College of Education, Tamale, Ghana. 3

Pages: 10-18

DOI: 10.18488/journal.9.2020.71.10.18

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Article History:

Received: 06 March, 2020
Revised: 15 April, 2020
Accepted: 18 May, 2020
Published: 03 June, 2020


Abstract:

The objective of the study was to evaluate the knowledge, attitude and practices of exclusive breastfeeding among nursing mothers in the Tano North District. Cross sectional study type was used to conduct the study. A semi structured questionnaire was used in the study to collect data from the respondents. Random sampling technique was used to select 100 nursing mothers who were breastfeeding in the Tano North District. The study revealed that maternal knowledge, practices, age, marital status and level of education can influence exclusive breastfeeding. It was again revealed that 86% of the respondents were mature mothers. It was recommended that mothers should introduce exclusively breastfeeding to their babies at least for the first six months of life to achieve optimal growth, development and health.
Contribution/ Originality
This study contributes in the existing literature by evaluating the knowledge, attitude and practices of exclusive breastfeeding among nursing mothers in Tano North District of Ghana.

Keywords:

Nursing mothers, Exclusive, Breastfeeding, Colostrum, Tano North District, Maternal knowledge , Babies, Ghana.

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Funding:

This study received no specific financial support.

Competing Interests:

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Acknowledgement:

All authors contributed equally to the conception and design of the study.

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