Colostrum knowledge among Saudi mothers in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

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Objective: To assess the knowledge level of Saudi women about colostrum for the newborns.

Methods: The cross-sectional study was conducted from October 2015 to June 2016 at the Gynecological Clinics of King Abdulaziz University Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and comprised lactating mothers in the community. Data was collected using a pretested questionnaire. Data was analysed using SPSS 22.

Results: of the 552 mothers, 301(54.5%) were age >30 years. The source of information about colostrum was friends and family for 367(66.67%) subjects. Overall, 367(66%) had high knowledge about colostrum. A significant correlation was detected between age and knowledge about colostrum composition and duration (p<0.05); as well as between educational level and colostrum composition, colour, and form (p<0.05). A significant association between occupational status and knowledge about colostrum colour and form was also noted (p<0.05).

Conclusion: Saudi mothers were found to have a good knowledge about colostrum and its benefits.

Key Words: Colostrum knowledege, Breastfeeding, Pregnancy, NewbornI, Immunity.