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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 249-255

Factors associated with knowledge about breastfeeding among female garment workers in Dhaka city

Department of Health Education and Health Promotion, Institute of Health Science (BIHS), Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Lucen Afrose
Department of Health Education and Health Promotion, Bangladesh Institute of Health Science (BIHS), Dhaka
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DOI: 10.4103/2224-3151.207021

PMID: 28615551

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Background: Knowledge about breastfeeding among women is very important for healthy children. The present study aims to determine the level of knowledge and factors associated with knowledge on breastfeeding among female garment workers in a selected garment factory in Dhaka city. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 200 female garment workers in the reproductive age group (15–49 years). Data were collected through a pre-tested questionnaire using the face-to-face interview method. Bivariate and multivariate analysis was done to determine the association between sociodemographic variables and knowledge on breastfeeding. Results: The study showed that, overall the level of knowledge regarding breastfeeding is very poor (88%) among the study subjects. Most of the respondents have very poor knowledge regarding advantages of exclusive breastfeeding (89%) and breastfeeding (100%). In contrast, a majority have good knowledge on duration of exclusive breastfeeding (74%) and breastfeeding (66%). No significant association was found between the knowledge score of breastfeeding with remaining socio-demographic variables like age, marital status, family income and expenditure. Education is significantly (p<0.001) associated with a higher total knowledge score of breastfeeding. Women with secondary level of education had a significantly higher (p<0.001) level of total knowledge score than other categories (illiterate, primary and higher secondary) of education. Conclusion: A large proportion of female garment workers had inadequate knowledge regarding breastfeeding. It is also important that health education on breastfeeding is urgently provided to the female garments workers of Bangladesh.

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