Breast Feeding Practices: Comparison Between Educated and Illiterate Mothers in Kathmandu, Nepal

  •  Milan Acharya    
  •  Balram Devkota    
  •  Madhav Shrestha    


Breastfeeding practice is important to determine the children’s mortality and morbidity in the context of Nepal. The aim of this research was to compare the breastfeeding practices dominant among the educated and illiterate mothers of reproductive age (15-49) in Kathmandu Valley. The research was aimed at comparing the breastfeeding practices of women at different age groups, and exploring the issues of the frequency of breastfeeding among the educated and illiterate mothers. It was carried in four communities of Kirtipur Municipality that is located in the Valley. Educated mothers (from the School Leaving Certificate passed to Master’s Degree holders) with their children were encompassed in this research study and the statistics and the meanings were collected by means of the piloted opinionaire on breastfeeding practices. The result showed that most of the mothers who were illiterate had better practices of breastfeeding as compared with the educated mothers.  This research highlights the necessity for breastfeeding involvement packages particularly for the educated mothers who know the techniques of breastfeeding but  don’t want to do so on time due to a busy life schedule and concerning the appearance and beauty of their body.

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