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World Journal of Nutrition and Health. 2019, 7(1), 11-17
DOI: 10.12691/jnh-7-1-3
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Impact of Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) Counseling on Practices and Knowledge of Mothers in Rural Areas

Taslima Arzu1, , Md. Ariful Kabir Sujan2, Dipak Kumar Paul3, Tanvir Ahmad4, Khondoker Rashna Gulshan5, Farha Matin Juliana6 and Md. Sabir Hossain6

1Jahangirnagar University, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2Senior Nutrition Program Manager, Nutrition Department, Save The Children International, Bangladesh

3Department of Applied Nutrition & Food Technology, Islamic University, Kushtia, Bangladesh

4Department of Nutrition & Food Technology, Jessore University of Science and Technology, Jessore, Bangladesh

5Deputy Director, Foreign Exchange Operation Department, Bangladesh Bank Motijheel, Dhaka, Bangladesh

6Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Jahangirnagar University, Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Pub. Date: March 14, 2019

Cite this paper:
Taslima Arzu, Md. Ariful Kabir Sujan, Dipak Kumar Paul, Tanvir Ahmad, Khondoker Rashna Gulshan, Farha Matin Juliana and Md. Sabir Hossain. Impact of Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) Counseling on Practices and Knowledge of Mothers in Rural Areas. World Journal of Nutrition and Health. 2019; 7(1):11-17. doi: 10.12691/jnh-7-1-3


IYCF practices have a great impact on the physical and mental development of the child. The objective of this study was the lactating mothers with the children in the age group 0-23 months were studied and delivered IYCF counseling according to their need basis as well as key IYCF messages. Mother’s knowledge level was average about IYCF components; 42.4% mothers had proper knowledge about IYCF practice which improved to 48.6% who have at least 80% knowledge about IYCF.61.0% mothers had knowledge on initiation of breast-feeding within an hour of birth and now 79.1 mother knew the right message while 50.7% of the mothers initiated breast-feeding within an hour after birth remain same before and after the study. Exclusive breast-feeding for 6 months was practiced by the mothers of 60.2%& study leads to 73.5% as of impact of counseling. After counseling on IYCF knowledge increased from 61.6% to 75.2% on complimentary feeding should start at 6 months and 55.4% of the mother wished to continue breast fed for 2 years of infants but finally 65.5% agreed on right age of continuation of breast feeding for children.

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