Katarzyna Plagens-Rotman 1, Sławomira Kubiak 2, Beata Pięta 3, Katarzyna Wszołek 3, Grażyna Iwanowicz – Palus 4, Tomasz Opala 1 1 - Department of Mother’s and Child’s Health, University of Medical Sciences, Poznań, Poland 2 - Department of Neonatology, University of Medical Sciences, Poznań, Poland 3 - Department of Mother’s and Child’s Health, University of Medical Sciences, Poznań, Poland 4 - Department of Practical Obstetric Skills Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences, Medical University, Lublin, Poland
Ann Agric Environ Med 2014; 21 (2): ICID: 1108621 Article type: Original article
introduction. Natural breastfeeding is the only proper way to feed newborns and infants because it ensures their proper development. Breastfeeding enhances health and protects against the development of many diseases in childhood and adulthood. The primary benefits of breastfeeding include reduced incidences of infection in the respiratory system as well as a reduction in gastrointestinal and systemic infections. The benefits of breastfeeding also include decreased inflammation and improved immunity to disease in the infant. Further benefits of breastfeeding are reduced incidences of type 1 diabetes, Crohn’s disease, and rheumatoid arthritis.
objective. The aim of the study was to assess the degree of knowledge on maternal breastfeeding among current expecting mothers.
materials and method. The study comprtisded 147 mothers hospitalized in the Gynecology-Obstetrics Hospital University of Medical Sciences in Poznań, Poland, during late July – August 2012.
results. For 139 (93.88%) of the surveyed women, breastfeeding was a priority regarding the health of the child. Respondents most often used professional literature in order to gain knowledge about breastfeeding (63.27%). The least popular way of acquiring knowledge was through the media (27.21%).
conclusions. Analysis of the collected material on the surveyed women showed that women have a diverse range of knowledge about breastfeeding. Currently, breastfeeding is required to be promoted and supported by midwives, paediatricians and other health professionals.
DOI: 10.5604/1232-1966.1108621 PMID 24959806 - click here to show this article in PubMed