Background: Breast milk is the perfect food for a normal neonate. It is the best gift a mother can give to her baby. It contains all the nutrients for the normal growth and development for the baby from the time of birth to the first 6 months of life. It is necessary to timely evaluate knowledge and to bring about positive attitude in the staffs regarding the implementation of the baby-friendly hospital initiative policy. To assess the knowledge on baby-friendly hospital initiative policy (BFHI) among staff nurses in the MCH unit at MGMCRI&H, Puducherry.
Materials and methods: Quantitative research approach, non-experimental descriptive design. The population for the study consisted of 60 staff nurses from the maternal and childcare unit of MGMCRI, Puducherry. The data were collected through a structured questionnaire to assess the knowledge of staff nurses on the BFHI. The data were analyzed both descriptive (mean, frequency, percentage and standard deviation) and inferential statistics (Kruskal–Wallis)
Results: Discussion on the findings was arranged based on the objectives of the study. The present study reveals that, among 60 staff nurses, 48 (80%) of them had moderately adequate knowledge, 9 (15%) of them had adequate knowledge and 3 (5%) of them had inadequate knowledge regarding BFHI policy.
Conclusion: The study reveals that most of the staff nurses had moderately adequate knowledge of the BFHI policy.
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