Florence Nightingale Journal of Nursing
Research Article

Knowledge and Attitude of Parents of Preterm Babies and Health-Care Providers Related to Human Milk Banking in a Tertiary-Care Hospital

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National Institute of Nursing Education, PGIMER, Chandigarh, India

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SPICU Fortis Heart Mohali, Punjab, India

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Himachal Institute of Nursing, Paonta Sahib, Himachal Pradesh, India

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Department of Pediatrics, PGIMER, Chandigarh, India

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Department of Pediatrics, GGS Medical College Faridkot, Punjab, India

Florence Nightingale J Nurs 2024; 32: 2-9
DOI: 10.5152/FNJN.2024.22318
Read: 223 Downloads: 141 Published: 28 February 2024

AIM: The aim of the study was to assess the knowledge and attitude of parents of preterm babies and health-care providers related to human milk and human milk banking in a tertiary-care hospital in North India.

METHODS: A descriptive study was conducted on 280 samples (200 parents and 80 health-care providers) of neonatal units of a tertiary-care hospital in North India. Self-developed 25-item knowledge-related questionnaire and 15-item attitude scale was used for health-care providers. Whereas ten-item knowledge-related interview schedule and five-item open-ended attitude assessment tools were used for parents. The content validity index was more than 0.72 for all the tools.

RESULTS: Among health-care providers, majority (93.3%) of doctors and nursing officers (80%) were aware of human milk banking, but they demonstrated lack of knowledge about the processing and safety of such milk. Majority of mothers (89.3%) and fathers (90%) reported that they don’t have problem in accepting the breast milk from other mothers if provided by human milk bank, while others had certain concerns related to infection and religious/cultural beliefs.

CONCLUSION: There is a need to spread public awareness about human milk and human milk banking to foster its acceptance. The health-care providers also need regular update to ensure adequate knowledge and acceptability

Cite this article as: Kaur, K., Kohli, N., Praveen, S., Thakur, V., Kalyan, G., Shruti, S., Sajan Saini, S., & Kant Dhir, S. (2024). Knowledge and attitude of parents of preterm babies and health-care providers related to human milk banking in a tertiary-care hospital. Florence Nightingale Journal of Nursing, 32(1), 2-9.

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