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Vol. 24 - Num. 96

Original Papers

Knowledge of health professionals from the Region of Murcia (Spain) about breastfeeding

Rocío Díaz Córcolesa, Esther Ruiz Chércolesb

aPediatra. Consultorio local Los Garres. Los Garres. Murcia. España.
bPediatra. CS María Jesús Hereza. Leganés. Madrid. España.

Correspondence: R Díaz. E-mail:

Reference of this article: Díaz Córcoles R, Ruiz Chércoles E. Knowledge of health professionals from the Region of Murcia (Spain) about breastfeeding . Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2022;24:e363-e371.

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Introduction: low rates of duration of breastfeeding are a public health problem. The training of health personnel is essential for their promotion. Objective: to investigate the knowledge and skills in breastfeeding of Primary Care health professionals and pediatric residents.

Material and method: distribution of two questionnaires on breastfeeding, aimed at Primary Care health personnel (Survey on Knowledge of Breastfeeding, ECoLa) and pediatric residents (adapted questionnaire).

Results: 19 resident surveys and 47 Primary Care health professionals. Residents' average score: 18,57 points. Average score of Primary Care professionals: 19,6 points. 15,8% of residents consider that breastfeeding is the best food for the newborn, even if the mother is malnourished. 10,5% of the residents and 59,6% of the Primary Care health professionals know that the 'watered down milk' is the milk from the beginning of the intake. 10,5% of residents consider that pacifiers do not interfere with breastfeeding. 10,5% stop breastfeeding if the mother takes amoxicillin. 26,3% think that the first dose should be 3 hours after delivery. 31,9% do not know that exclusive breastfeeding with formula carries an increased risk of morbidity and mortality. 52,6% do not recommend breastfeeding if the mother is a carrier of hepatitis B.

Conclusions: the training of health professionals in breastfeeding is essential, the questionnaires may indicate gaps that must be addressed through training.




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