Acta Scientific Nutritional Health (ASNH)(ISSN: 2582-1423)

Research Article Volume 7 Issue 6

Determinants of Breastfeeding Attitude and Practice among Saudi Mothers in Saudi Arabia

Dana H Alhadban1, Ghadah K Aldhafiri1*, Sadeem A Aleidi1, Layan M Alzahrani1 and Lamiaa Fiala2

1Graduates, Health Education Program, Department of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2Department of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Princess Noura Bint Abdulrahman University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

*Corresponding Author: Ghadah K Aldhafiri, Graduates, Health Education Program, Department of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Received: May 22, 2023; Published: May 29, 2023


Background: Breastfeeding is considered one of the best strategies to ensure a child's health and survival. Breastfeeding is the process of a mother giving breast milk to her child, either directly from the breast or by pumping the milk out of the breast and giving it to the child in a bottle.

Aim: This study aims to describe attitudes and practice towards breastfeeding and factors affecting them among Saudi mothers in Saudi Arabia.

Methods: This is an analytical cross-sectional study design. The sample size was calculated to be 385 of Saudi mothers with a last child aged two years or older. A convenient sampling technique was used to recruit the mothers. The study was conducted from August 2022 to May 2023. An online self-administered questionnaire was used.

Results: The study has found that prevalence of breastfeeding was 82% among Saudi mothers. The attitude questions were coded and then categorized into positive and negative. 91% of the participants had a positive attitude towards breastfeeding. It was found that there was a statistically significant relationship between the time of initiation and duration of breastfeeding (p = 0.0240).

Conclusions: The current study showed that the attitudes toward breastfeeding have improved in Saudi Arabia as compared to pervious years.

Recommendation: More educational campaigns should be launched to motivate mothers to increase prevalence and the duration of breastfeeding.

Keywords:Breastfeeding; Attitude; Practice; Factors; Duration; Initiation


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Citation: Ghadah K Aldhafiri., et al. “Determinants of Breastfeeding Attitude and Practice among Saudi Mothers in Saudi Arabia". Acta Scientific Nutritional Health 7.6 (2023): 82-89.


Copyright: © 2023 Ghadah K Aldhafiri., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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