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BRIEF RESEARCH ARTICLE
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 60  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 81-85

Intention toward optimal breastfeeding among expecting mothers in Angul district of Odisha, India


1 Centre for Health and Social Sciences, School of Health System Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 Professor, Centre for Health and Social Sciences, School of Health System Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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DOI: 10.4103/0019-557X.177350

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This paper aims to assess the prenatal breastfeeding intention and its predictors in Odisha, a state in India. Data were collected from 218 rural pregnant women of Angul district of Odisha, India in 2012. About 33% of the women lacked the intention to exclusively breastfeed their babies for 6 months. Prelacteal feeding was intended by one-third of the women while 61.5% of the women intended to feed water during the first 6 months of birth. Women of an older age [odds ratio (OR) = 1.30; 95% confidence interval (CI) = 1.09-1.55], with more education (OR = 1.14; 95% CI = 1.08-1.32), belonging to lower castes [other backward caste (OBC)-OR = 21.33; 95% CI = 4.29-106.0, scheduled caste (SC)-OR = 22.77; 95% CI = 2.47-199.1, scheduled tribe (ST)-OR = 26.16; 95% CI = 4.10-174.8), and lesser number of living sons (OR = 0.59; 95% CI = 0.22-0.94) were more likely to have a higher intention for optimal breastfeeding than those of a lower age, with less education, belonging to a higher caste, and with more number of living sons. Awareness generation programs need to be strengthened to educate pregnant women with appropriate and recommended breastfeeding guidelines to establish optimal breastfeeding practices.


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