Knowledge, attitudes and practices of men in a South African rural community in relation to exclusive breastfeeding

South African Family Practice

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Title Knowledge, attitudes and practices of men in a South African rural community in relation to exclusive breastfeeding
Creator Mabele, Oscar M. Benedict, Matthew O.A. Steinberg, Wilhelm J. Reji, Elizabeth van Rooyen, Cornel Adefuye, Anthonio O.
Subject Family medicine; general practice; rural health; rural medicine; primary care; exclusive breastfeeding; knowledge; attitudes; practice; adult males; South Africa
Description Background: Several lifelong maternal, child and societal health benefits have been associated with exclusive breastfeeding (EBF). However, despite all the potential advantages, EBF rates have been consistently low in developing countries, including South Africa. It has been suggested that the knowledge, attitudes and practices of male partners in relation to EBF are amongst the important factors that contribute to the success of EBF practices. Hence, the aim of this study was to determine the knowledge, attitudes and practices of men in Botshabelo, Free State province, South Africa, regarding EBF.Methods: This study was designed as a cross-sectional analytical study that utilised a structured questionnaire administered to 200 adult men attending the outpatient department of a district hospital, in the Free State province, South Africa.Results: The majority (n = 83; 41.5%) of participants had poor knowledge of EBF but reported positive attitudes (n = 153, 76.5%) and good practices (n = 151, 75.5%) towards EBF, respectively. Age, levels of education, employment status, marital status and whether the participant accompanied his partner to the antenatal clinic were associated with adequate knowledge, positive attitudes and good practices in relation to EBF (p  0.05).Conclusion: The study revealed a suboptimal level of knowledge on EBF in men in Botshabelo. Most men had positive attitudes and reported good practices in relation to EBF. Our findings highlight the need for targeted community-based intervention programmes directed to educating and promoting positive social and cultural change in relation to EBF amongst men in Botshabelo.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor None
Date 2022-02-11
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion Peer-reviewed Article Quantitative
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/safp.v64i1.5366
Source South African Family Practice; Vol 64, No 1 (2022): Part 1; 8 pages 2078-6204 2078-6190
Language eng
Coverage Africa; South Africa; Free State None Age; Gender; Ethnicity
Rights Copyright (c) 2022 Oscar Mzaefane Mabele, Matthew Olukayode Abiodun Benedict, Wilhelm Johannes Steinberg, Elizabeth Reji, Cornel van Rooyen, Anthonio Oladele Adefuye