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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 46  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 537-540
Maternity leave access and breastfeeding practices among working mothers in an urban residential area of East Delhi


1 Department of Community Medicine, University College of Medical Sciences and Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Paediatrics, University College of Medical Sciences and Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, New Delhi, India

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Dr. Khan Amir Maroof
Department of Community Medicine, University College of Medical Sciences and Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, 414, 4th Floor, College Block, Dilshad Garden, New Delhi - 110 095
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijcm.IJCM_1056_20

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Background: Despite the provision of maternity leave benefits under the maternity benefit amendment act, its access by working mothers in the community is unknown. Objectives: The objective is to find out access to maternity leave among working mothers and its association with breastfeeding practices. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional, community-based study was conducted among 150 working mothers with children 6 months to 3 years of age. Chi-square tests and logistic regression were applied to find the association of breastfeeding practices with maternity leave and independent predictors of exclusive breastfeeding (EBF), respectively. Results: Paid maternity leave was accessed by majority (103, 68.7%) of the working mothers. EBF among mothers working in government organizations was more (Adjusted odds ratio: 2.3, 95% confidence interval: 1.0–5.1) than in private organizations. Conclusion: Lower proportion of mothers in private organizations had availed paid maternity leave as compared to government organizations. Increase in coverage of maternity benefits in the private sector is needed.


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