The knowledge and practices of mothers from three different socioeconomic groups living in Istanbul on breastfeeding and supplementary foods [Istanbul'da üç farkli sosyoekonomik grupta yer alan annelerin emzirme ve bebek beslenmesi konusundaki bilgi ve davranişlari]
Although breast-milk is the most essential nutrient required for the growth and development of infants, there are still some problems related to breastfeeding in our country. In this study, we sought to evaluate the knowledge and practices of mothers from different socioeconomic groups living in Istanbul about infant feeding. The study included 202 mothers from three different socioeconomic groups, and a 42-item questionnaire was completed during face-to-face interviews. Mothers from median and upper socioeconomic groups exclusively breastfed their babies longer than the others. The mothers from the low socioeconomic group had received information about infant feeding mainly from their parents and neighbors, while the other two groups had received information from healthcare workers. Mothers from the low socioeconomic group had mainly used vitamin D alone, while the others had used multivitamins. We concluded that the income and education level of mothers significantly affect food content and the starting time of supplementary foods.