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n Africa Journal of Nursing and Midwifery - Nurses' knowledge of and attitude to exclusive breastfeeding in Southwest Nigeria

Volume 9 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1682-5055

Abstract

The nurse, by virtue of her role as patient / client educator, can greatly influence a mother's decision on exclusive breastfeeding by teaching the mother about breastfeeding during the antenatal period, immediate after delivery, and during the postnatal period.


A descriptive comparative study was carried out at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH) at Ile-Ife in Osun State, which is a certified baby-friendly hospital, and the Adeoyo State Hospital at Ibadan in Oyo State, which was not a certified baby-friendly hospital at the time of the study. A convenience sampling method was used and the study population of 100 nurses was drawn from registered nurses working in the obstetrics and gynaecology departments of the two hospitals.
The results showed that the level of knowledge on exclusive breastfeeding among nurses is high. A comparison of the knowledge among nurses in the two hospitals showed that the mean scores were significantly different, however.
The need to encourage continuing education in nursing cannot be overemphasised. Nurses need to realise the importance of acquiring knowledge as a tool for better practice.

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2020-09-30

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