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Attitudes, practices and knowledge of health professionals on breast feeding in Kingston, Jamaica

Attitudes, practices and knowledge of health professionals on breast feeding in Kingston, Jamaica

Journal of Tropical Pediatrics 34(4): 169-173

In order to assess attitudes, practices, and knowledge of different categories of health professionals towards breast feeding, 30 doctors, 76 nurses, and 22 community health aides (CHAs) answered a self-administered questionnaire. The results indicated that the health workers, in general, have positive views on breast feeding even though some practices interfering with breast feeding still continue. In contrast, knowledge about breast feeding physiology, management, and contraindications was generally poor, suggesting that training on the subject may not be adequate. Doctors had better knowledge than other health professionals, indicating that they are not sharing their knowledge with those who have closer contact with breast feeding mothers. Some actions are suggested to maintain the health workers' positive attitudes to breast feeding, and improve popular practices and knowledge.

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PMID: 3172326

DOI: 10.1093/tropej/34.4.169

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