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Knowledge and attitude of secondary school-girls towards breast-feeding in Bahrain

Knowledge and attitude of secondary school-girls towards breast-feeding in Bahrain

Journal of the Bahrain Medical Society 4(1): 6-10

Interviews conducted with 100 Bahraini female secondary school students 15-17 years old revealed highly positive attitudes toward breast feeding. The majority (68 girls) were themselves breast fed as infants; 10 were bottle-fed and 2 received mixed feeds, while another 20 could not recall their type of feeding. Although only 52 girls had received school-based education about infant feeding, 91 had heard or read about this topic independently. Of the 93 girls who expressed a desire to have children in the future, 84 planned to breast feed and 10 intended to provide both breast and bottle-feeding. Breast feeding was favored because it was sterile and clean. Most girls intended to breast feed until their child was 2 years old; the mean duration of intended breast feeding was 19 months. The choice of feeding method and the duration of breast feeding were positively influenced by observing a relative or neighbor who breast-fed.

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