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Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices of Responsive Feeding in Rural Sri Lanka (A Qualitative Study)

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P. Pallewaththa ,

Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, LK
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S. B. Agampodi,

Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, LK
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Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences
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T. C. Agampodi,

Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, LK
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S. H. Siribaddana

Rajarata University of Sri Lanka, LK
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Abstract

Introduction

Responsive Feeding has been proven to be an effective feeding method for children who are at early stages of development. The concept is not popular at the primary health care level and it is reported as a missing link in the current nutrition program in Sri Lanka.

Objective

To explore responsive feeding practices among caregivers who have an infant aged between 6 to 12 months and residing in rural Anuradhapura.

Methods

A qualitative approach was adopted. The study was carried out in Padaviya Medical Officer of Health area. Study participants were 18 mothers and all ten Public Health Midwives. Diary studies, interviews and focus group discussion were conducted to collect data. The framework approach was used to analyze the data.

Results

Pleasant and healthy feeding environment is non-existent. Identification of hunger and satiety cues was poor and hunger sensitive schedule to feed the child was absent. Feeding situations commenced in an emotionally supportive manner, but were not optimally utilized to promote psycho-social stimulation. During the feeding caregivers neglect emotional support and ultimately moves to forceful feeding.

Conclusions

The knowledge, attitude and practices are poor on responsive feeding among caregivers and health workers. This may contribute to poor growth and development in children. Action is needed to implement RF practices in the community.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4038/cmj.v64i2.8894
How to Cite: Pallewaththa, P., Agampodi, S.B., Agampodi, T.C. and Siribaddana, S.H., 2019. Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices of Responsive Feeding in Rural Sri Lanka (A Qualitative Study). Ceylon Medical Journal, 64(2), pp.70–75. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cmj.v64i2.8894
Published on 26 Jul 2019.
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