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Prevalence of Prelacteal Feeding Practice in Wardha and the Effect of Antenatal Education on it
Tushar Jagzape, Amol Lohkare, Jayant Vagha, Bhavana B. Lakhkar.
Department of Pediatrics, Sawangi, Wardha, Maharashtra, India.
The study aims at determining the prevalence of prelacteal feed in patients presenting at AVBRH, to study the effect of breast feeding education and to see whether sex of child has any influence over it. Mothers with babies below 6 months who presented to outpatient of AVBRH were interrogated about their place of delivery, feeding education during antenatal period, whether they gave prelacteal feed and if yes, what feed was given. Details of baby and mothers responses were noted. One hundred and eighty mothers were included in study. Total of 82 (43.2%) babies were given prelacteal feeds of which 63% were females. The practice of prelacteal feed was compared in babies born in AVBRH and outside as feeding education is given in our hospital which is not so commonly in given in other hospitals. Among those given prelacteal feeds, only 26.8% were inborn whereas the rest were outborn babies. Also female babies received prelacteal feed more as compared to boys. Thus, feeding education especially during antenatal period can reduce the prevalence of prelacteal feeds.

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