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Table 3 Breastfeeding knowledge of participants visiting four primary healthcare clinics in Abu Dhabi (n = 344)

From: Knowledge, attitudes, and practices of breastfeeding among women visiting primary healthcare clinics on the island of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Variable Number (%)
Correctly answered breastfeeding knowledge questions by participants (total of 12 scored questions):
 Breastfeeding child ≥8 times/day during the first month 179 (53.1)
 Breastfeeding duration ≥15 min from each breast during the first month 116 (34.6)
 Colostrum is good for child 289 (86)
 Breastfeeding is beneficial for both the mother and the child 315 (94)
 Children should receive breast milk until ≥24 months of age 114 (33.9)
 Complementary food should be introduced at 6 months of age 290 (86.1)
 Breast milk is superior to formula milk in fulfilling child’s necessary dietary requirements 323 (96.1)
 Breast milk is sufficient for child in the first 6 months of life 273 (81.2)
 Breastfeeding decreases the mother’s weight 193 (57.3)
 Breast milk does not lose its benefits when it is pumped out or stored 184 (55.6)
 Pumped breast milk can be stored at room temperature (60 °F–85 °F/15.5 °C–29.4 °C) for up to 8 hours 160 (47.5)
 Pumped breast milk can be stored in the refrigerator (39 °F or colder/3.99 °C or colder) for up to 8 days 99 (29.6)
Participants’ overall knowledge level:
 Good 176 (51.2)
 Fair 149 (43.3)
 Poor 19 (5.5)
Participants’ sources of information about breastfeeding:
 Doctors 197 (58.5)
 Nurses/midwives 169 (50.1)
 Friends 111 (32.9)
 Family 224 (66.5)
 TV programs 80 (23.7)
 Campaigns 51 (15.1)
 Magazines 49 (14.5)
 Breastfeeding classes 52 (15.4)
 Internet 137 (40.7)
 Others 11 (3.3)