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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 85-89

Study of feeding practice and factors influencing it among preterm babies getting Kangaroo mother care in a Tertiary Care Hospital

1 Department of Pediatric Medicine, Division of Neonatology, Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
2 Department of Pediatric Medicine, Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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Dr. Arijit Bhowmik
6, Kulada Roy Lane, PO Khagra, Murshidabad - 742 103, West Bengal
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jcn.JCN_100_18

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Background: Kangaroo mother care (KMC) is an effective way to reduce mortality and morbidity of low-birth-weight babies. KMC feeding aims at the establishment of exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) for every baby. This study was conducted to analyze the actual feeding pattern and factors influencing it. Methods: Babies getting KMC were prospectively observed and the data related to feeding practice were collected. At discharge, the babies were divided into two groups: EBF and non-EBF. Different factors were compared between these groups. Results: Among 387 babies, 63.56% were on EBF. Postnatal counseling, early contact and initiation of feeding, early expression of breast milk, and first feeding with EBM played a pivotal role behind the establishment of EBF (P < 0.0001). Longer duration of KMC marginally helped in EBF (P = 0.0445). Conclusion: To establish EBF in KMC, the promotional measures should be taken since birth even when the baby was critically sick and separated from the mother and KMC was not initiated yet.

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