KNOWLEDGE AND ATTITUDE REGARDING BABY FRIENDLY HOSPITAL INITIATIVE AMONG NURSES OF TERTIARY LEVEL HOSPITAL
Rita Kumari Ban*, Samjhana Kumari Paudel, Sarita Panta and Anisha Shrestha
The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is an effort by United Nations Children's Fund (UNICIEF) and the
World Health Organization (WHO) to ensure that all maternities whether free standing or in a hospital, become
centers of breastfeeding support. Descriptive exploratory study design was used to assess the level of knowledge
and attitude of nurses toward BFHI. Data was collected using semi structured self-administered questionnaire from
96 nurses working at Shree Briendra Hospital, Chhauni. Non-probability purposive sampling was used. This study
revealed that more than three fourth (76%) of respondent knew about component of BFHI, more than half (56.2%)
of respondents were aware that rooming in is recommended regular care at post-natal ward. More than half (51%)
of respondent had correctly defined exclusive breast feeding. Highest proportion (43.8%) of respondents knew
about feeding option for HIV positive mother. Almost all (99%) of respondents were positive toward BFHI.
Keywords: Knowledge, Attitude, Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, Nurses.
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