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Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP

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Abstract

FONSECA-MACHADO, Mariana de Oliveira et al. Breastfeeding: knowledge and practice. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2012, vol.46, n.4, pp. 809-815. ISSN 0080-6234.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0080-62342012000400004.

The objective of this study was to characterize the practices of breastfeeding promotion developed by nursing professionals of the Family Health Strategy and analyze the correlation between their knowledge of breastfeeding and how often they provided teaching regarding this topic. This cross-sectional, descriptive study was performed at the Family Health Strategy units of Uberaba, Minas Gerais with 85 nursing professionals, using two questionnaires. Data analysis was performed using frequency distribution and Spearman's correlation analysis. Most professionals said that they often addressed breastfeeding in the investigated practices. However, a poor correlation was observed between the frequency of this approach and the mean score on knowledge test. The nursing professionals' statements indicate that breastfeeding recommendations were provided regardless of their knowledge on the topic.

Keywords : Breast feeding; Health Promotion; Health knowledge; attitudes; practice; Public health nursing.

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