Pune, August 8, 2020: A pan India survey of breastfeeding mothers has found out that 93 percent of moms are concerned about breastfeeding their baby during the current COVID-19 pandemic. The web-linked based survey was conducted by Momspresso.com on the occasion of World Breastfeeding Week held between August 1 and 7.
However, as much as they feel that breastfeeding was a challenge in the times of Coronavirus, the maximum of the mothers who participated in the survey also continue to believe that breastfeeding is an immunity booster to their children. The survey results revealed that 9 out of 10 moms breastfeed to improve their baby’s immunity, and 4 out of 5 breastfeed to fulfill their nutritional requirements. However, 3 out of 5 or 59 percent of the mothers feel that breastfeeding is particularly challenging during the pandemic.
The study suggests that 99 percent of moms feel that breast milk may protect the baby against infectious disease, and 96 percent of the respondents aptly believe that breast milk contains antibodies that are transferred to babies, giving them the strength to fight diseases.
Titled ‘Concerns Around Breastfeeding During COVID-19’, the survey was conducted among 800 breastfeeding mums across metro and non-metro cities. Of these, 65 percent were non-working moms. Out of the total, 54 percent had one child, 42 percent had two children.
As far as the key concerns around breastfeeding cited by mothers are concerned, 37 percent of the mothers want to ensure that their baby doesn’t fall sick, while 25 percent are concerned about maintaining self-hygiene. Around 13 percent of the moms also wanted to ensure their own safety for the welfare of their babies.
Momspresso.com is a user-generated content platform for women in India.