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Med Arch. 2017; 71(1): 37-41


Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices of Mothers in Kosova About Complementary Feeding for Infant and Children 6-24 Months

Merita Berisha, Naser Ramadani, Rina Hoxha, Sanije Gashi, Valbona Zhjeqi, Drita Zajmi, Ilir Begolli.

Abstract
Aim: This cross sectional study assessed knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding complementary feeding among mothers with children between 6-24 months at the national level. Methods: The sample of 492 mothers with children between 6-24 months, with a confidence level of 95%, the acceptable margin of 5%, the expected prevalence of 50% knowledge and effect of 1.3, were interviewed from all regions, in all Kosovo. Data were analyzed using SPSS version 17.0 and presented using descriptive and inferential statistics such as Chi-square with significance level set at 5%. Results: Overall, 88.4% of respondents had good knowledge of complementary feeding, while only 38.4% of mothers had good practices regarding time for starting complementary feeding. We found association between maternal knowledge and level of education for complementary feeding. Conclusion: There is a need to further explore the factors responsible to improving practices for complementary feeding.

Key words: Complementary feeding, Knowledge and Practice, Kosova.



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