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23.Stance of Undergraduate Students of Nursing and Clinical Sciences Regarding Breast Feeding: A Comparative Study

Nighat Seema1, Bushra Zulfiqar2, Erum Saboohi4, Zubaida Masood6, Zeeba Saeed3 and Neelam Saba5

ABSTRACT

Objective: To compare the stance of nursing & medical students in regards to breast feeding.

Study Design: Cross-sectional study

Place and Duration of Study: This study was conducted at the Al-Tibri Medical College, Karachi from March 2021 to August 2021.

Materials and Methods: This study was done among 200 students, 50 from nursing department & 150 from the institute’s medical college were selected for the study, with all of them being informed about their inclusion in the study and seeking verbal consent. The questionnaire was distributed among all the participants and a brief explanation of the questionnaire was also given. The data was collected and then analyzed on SPSS 20.0 in the form of frequency and percentage. For comparison between nursing and medical students the chi-square test was applied with P-value set at <0.05.

Results: 44% Male & 66% Female participate from the medical side, and 56% Male & 34% Female were from the nursing group. In regards to awareness concerning breast feeding, No significant difference was seen between the nursing and medical students, except regarding the duration of breast feeding (P=0.012), the benefits of colostrum (P=0.023), and regarding digestion of Breast milk (P=0.035) which was significant. No significant difference was seen regarding the protective role of breast feeding for mother and child, however significant difference was seen when asked about the protective role of breast feeding in preventing ovarian cancer in the mother (P=0.045).  No significant difference was found among medical and nursing students regarding the attitude towards breast feeding.

Conclusion: No significant difference was seen in the responses between nursing and medical students in regards to the awareness of breast feeding.

Key Words: Nursing Students, Breast Feeding, Breast Milk, Medical Students

Citation of article: Seema N, Zulfiqar B, Saboohi E, Masood Z, Saeed Z,  Saba N. Stance of Undergraduate Students of Nursing and Clinical Sciences Regarding Breast Feeding: A Comparative Study. Med Forum 2022;33(2):99-103.