Colostrum knowledge among Saudi mothers in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Authors

  • Steve Harakeh Department of Special Infectious Disease, King Fahd Medical Research Center, King AbdulAziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Musab Almatrafi Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, National Guard Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Rahma Bukhari Department of Pharmacy, Dr. Solaiman Faqeeh Hospital, Saudi Arabia
  • Turki Alamri Department of Family and Community Medicine, King AbdulAziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Salah Barnawi Department of Special Infectious Disease, King Fahd Medical Research Center, King AbdulAziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Sunil Joshi Department of Community Medicine, Kathmandu Medical College, Nepal
  • Mohammed Al Muhayawi Department of Medical Microbiology/Parasitology and Molecular Microbiology Laboratory, King AbdulAziz University Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Ghadeer Basunbul Department of Dentistry, King AbdulAziz University Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Marwana Alazraqi King AbdulAziz University Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Areej Al-Khalidy Department of Applied Medical Sciences, King AbdulAziz University Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Lamia Shaala Natural Product Unit, King Fahd Medical Research Center, King AbdulAziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Abdullah Alshehri Security Forces Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Sultan Al Amri Primary Health Care Sector, Al-Thagr Hospital, Ministry of Health
  • Soad Aljaouni Department of Hematology and Pediatric Oncology, King AbdulAziz University Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.47391/JPMA.1251

Abstract

Abstract

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.

Continuous...

Published

2020-10-13

How to Cite

Steve Harakeh, Musab Almatrafi, Rahma Bukhari, Turki Alamri, Salah Barnawi, Sunil Joshi, Mohammed Al Muhayawi, Ghadeer Basunbul, Marwana Alazraqi, Areej Al-Khalidy, Lamia Shaala, Abdullah Alshehri, Sultan Al Amri, & Soad Aljaouni. (2020). Colostrum knowledge among Saudi mothers in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association, 1-13. https://doi.org/10.47391/JPMA.1251

Issue

Section

Survey Report