Knowledge and Practice on Expression and Storage of Breast Milk Among Employed Mothers Attending B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Science
Expressing breast milk, storing it properly and feeding the baby when mother is away at work is a newly emerging solution for the interruption of continue breastfeeding problem all over the world. The study aimed to assess the knowledge and practice on expression and storage of breast milk among employed mothers attending B.P. Koirala institute of health sciences along the association with demographic variables and correlation between knowledge and practice.
Method: A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted among 106 employed breastfeeding mothers attending various pediatric units of BPKIHS, Dharan through Purposive sampling method. Data were collected using a semi-structured questionnaire through interview technique. They were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics at level of significance 0.05 in Microsoft Excel 2010 with SPSS 11.5 Version.
Results: Majority (72.6%) of the respondents were in the age group 20-29 years with mean age 27.55 and standard deviation of 4.30. The knowledge score in expression and storage of breast milk was found adequate in 46.2% of respondents with mean score 6.76 and standard deviation of 3.08. Practice was found appropriate in 39.6% of them with mean score 6.04 and standard deviation of 4.540. The correlation between knowledge and the practice was found positively statistically significant with P value 0.01(r=0.469).
Conclusion: The study revealed that majority of the respondents had inadequate knowledge as well as inappropriate practice on expression and storage of breast milk. The correlation of knowledge and practice was found positivelystatistically significant.
Keywords - EBM, Employed Mothers, Knowledge, Practice, Storage