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Year : 1999  |  Volume : 43  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 144-7

Practice of prelacteal feeding in a rural community.

Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Science Wardha

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S Kishore
Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Science Wardha

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In India breast feeding in rural areas appears to be shaped by the health beliefs of a community, which are further influenced by social, cultural and economic factors. One of such tradition is prelacteal feeding which is widely prevalent since ancient times. The present study was aimed to find out the practice of prelacteal feeding and various factors which influence this practice. The study on analysis showed that 45% (90) mothers gave prelacteal feeds to their newborns in the form of sugar water, gur water or cow's milk. Sugar water was common amongst mothers belonging to nuclear family (49%) whereas gur water was given mostly by joint family mothers (75.70%). Parity and family type had no significant effect on this practice, however the effect of literacy was found to be significantly related to the practice.

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