A Survey on the infant feeding in Seoul area

서울 지역 여성의 영아 영양법에 관한 실태조사 연구

  • Lee, Yeon-Sook (Dept. of Home Economics, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Seoul National University) ;
  • Hwang, Gye-Soon (Dept. of Home Economics, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Seoul National University)
  • 이연숙 (서울대학교 농업생명과학대학 농가정학과) ;
  • 황계순 (서울대학교 농업생명과학대학 농가정학과)
  • Published : 1992.06.30


This research was conducted to survey the feeding methods of Korean women. The survey was executed for 355 mothers bringing up a child below 24 months in some part of Seoul in Korea from April to May, 1990. Incidence of breast feeding was 29.1% of the interviewed mothers in Seoul, which showed lower percentages than those of previous surveys. This research proved the major influencing factor generally depended on its mother rather than babies or labor condition. For example, the higher income and the higher educational degree of its mothers, they tended to prefer the bottle feeding to the others. Generally mothers knew the informations of infant nutrition very well, 84.5% of the interviewed mothers in Seoul had the opinion of 'breast feeding is better', but their knowledge actually didn't work. The source of mothers‘ informations on the infant nutrition showed the books and magazines, friend and relatives, grandmother were many by the order. But there were some discrepancies between the actual and needed source of information; i.e. mothers in Seoul mostly(44.8%) wanted to acquire their informations from mass communications. The reason of breast feeding showed 'for baby's health' was the greatest, and then 'immunity of breast milk' and 'baby's emotion' were great by the order, and the reason of bottle feeding showed 'not enough breast milk' was the greatest. There were no problems in feeding attitude and position of breast feeding, but there were problems in feeding volume, consistency of formula milk and feeding position of bottle feeding.