Assessment of knowledge and healthcare providers’ role in promoting lactation in United Arab Emirates

Authors

  • Sabrina Ait Gacem College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Ajman University, Ajman, UAE
  • Sabrina Ait Gacem College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Ajman University, Ajman, UAE
  • Moayad Jamal Al-Shahwan College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Ajman University, Ajman, UAE
  • Nageeb A. G. M. Hassan College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Ajman University, Ajman, UAE
  • Nageeb A. G. M. Hassan College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Ajman University, Ajman, UAE
  • Fetta Djessas Medical Services Department, Ajman University, Ajman, UAE
  • Fetta Djessas Medical Services Department, Ajman University, Ajman, UAE

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18203/2320-6012.ijrms20171255

Keywords:

Breastfeeding, Healthcare providers, Knowledge, Lactation, Maternal medication, Pharmacists

Abstract

Background: This study was performed to assess mothers’ knowledge and awareness level regarding maternal medication intake during lactation and health care providers’ role in promoting lactation.

Methods: This study is a cross-sectional, questionnaire based survey study and a convenient sample of (820) breastfeeding mothers in Ajman and Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) participated in the study. The results were analyzed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) version 20. Descriptive statistics were used to summarize the data concerning the demographic characteristics and breastfeeding knowledge. Categorical variables (such as nationality and educational level) were described by using frequency, percentages, bar chart and pie chart.

Results: The current study revealed a (72%) of maternal knowledge compared to (60.4%) four years ago and the most identified encouraging factor for the initiation of lactation stated by the respondents was their own decision followed by family support (58.4%, 39.8% respectively). The health care providers’ role was positively improved (58.4%) as observed in the current study compared to (52.1%) four years ago in UAE.

Conclusions: An improvement was observed in terms of knowledge among breastfeeding mothers in the UAE compared to previous years as well as healthcare providers’ role which was also positively improved. Pharmacists were observed to have a low impact on the initiation of lactation, but on the other hand it was found that they had a significant role in terms of assessing maternal medication safety during lactation.

Author Biography

Moayad Jamal Al-Shahwan, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Ajman University, Ajman, UAE

Dr. Moayad J. Al-Shahwan

Associate Prof.

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences,

Ajman University, Ajman, UAE

P. O. Box: 346

Office: +009716-7056249

Mobile: +00971-509625397

Email: [email protected]

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Published

2017-03-28

How to Cite

Gacem, S. A., Gacem, S. A., Al-Shahwan, M. J., Hassan, N. A. G. M., Hassan, N. A. G. M., Djessas, F., & Djessas, F. (2017). Assessment of knowledge and healthcare providers’ role in promoting lactation in United Arab Emirates. International Journal of Research in Medical Sciences, 5(4), 1510–1513. https://doi.org/10.18203/2320-6012.ijrms20171255

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