While majority of the mothers in this study showed a positive attitude towards breastfeeding, most of them decided only to formula feed due to the reasons of insufficient milk supply and work.
Based on the results of the study, the educational attainment, work status, marital status, and seminars in the barangay the respondents are part of, about breastfeeding, are the significant factors that affect the infant feeding decision of mothers in Las Piñas City.
Majority of the respondents also have an annual gross household income that does not exceed P50,000.
Among the several information sources namely, media through televisions/radios and printed/published materials, the social support system comprised of the mother’s family, friends and other relatives and health institutions, the mothers who give their babies infant formula are influenced the most by health care institutions through health professionals and other health care personnel.
Methodology Type of Research The type of research that will be used in this study is qualitative research and quantitative research.
Qualitative researchers aim to gather an in-depth understanding of human behavior and the reasons that govern such behavior.A letter of consent will also be sent to them along with a sample copy of the questionnaire that will be used, as well as the protocol of the researcher.A letter was also addressed to the City Health Officer to obtain endorsement and consent to conduct a research in selected barangays and distribute questionnaires to the mothers in the vicinity.Infant feeding practices refer generally to meet the nutritional and immunological needs of the baby.A study of infant feeding practices was carried out on a sample of 100 mother and infant pairs.The researcher chose Las Piñas City because of the socio-economic conditions present in the area that is relevant to the study and also as it fits the time frame and resources of the researcher.The randomly sampled respondents will be asked by the researcher for consent and approval to answer the questionnaire until the desired number of respondents which is 100 is reached.Employed mothers tend to cease from breastfeeding their babies and eventually stop and just resort to formula feeding as they go back to work.The study also showed that mothers who are married and living with their partners are more likely to breastfeed their infants than single mothers.The health care facilities and institutions in these three barangays will then be the target sources of respondents of the researcher.The health care facilities and institutions will be contacted to obtain a verbal consent to administer the questionnaire to mothers at their places.