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Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) practices in Udupi district, Karnataka

Meenakshi Garg, Marriyah Hasan, Deeksha Kapur
Received: 21 January 2015 / Received in revised form: 14 May 2015, Accepted: 28 May 2015, Published online: 29 June 2015
Abstract
The IYCF practices have a great impact on the physical…

Meenakshi Garg, Marriyah Hasan, Deeksha Kapur

Received: 21 January 2015 / Received in revised form: 14 May 2015, Accepted: 28 May 2015, Published online: 29 June 2015

Abstract

The IYCF practices have a great impact on the physical and mental development of the child. The objective of this study was to study the compliance to IYCF practices along with the factors influencing the same. A cross-sectional study was done in a community-based survey. Children in the age group 18-40 months in and around Udupi were studied. 34% of the mothers initiated breastfeeding within an hour after birth. Exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months was practised only by 9% of the mothers. 43% of the mothers started complementary feeding at 6 months and 49% of the infants were breastfed for 2 years. Lack of knowledge among the mothers is an important factor responsible for low compliance and therefore there is a need for greater awareness that can be met with improvised health education sessions/ programs carried out by the hospitals and Anganwadis during antenatal and postnatal checkups.

Keywords: Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF), Breastfeeding, Mother’s knowledge assessment 

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Citation: Meenakshi Garg, Marriyah Hasan, Deeksha Kapur  (2015) Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) practices in Udupi district, Karnataka, Journal of Nutrition Research, Vol. 3, Issue 1, pp. 32-37



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