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Breastfeeding is useful for both the mother and child, and it is known as an effective method to reduce childhood morbidity and mortality. This study intended to reveal the infant breastfeeding experience of women in Cuddalore district, Tamilnadu, India, as well as to explore the problems from breastfeeding among them. A Qualitative study design was adopted, and 20 breastfeeding women in the Pediatric ward of Rajah Muthiah Medical College & Hospital (RMMCH), Cuddalore district, Tamilnadu, India were selected using purposive sampling. Data on demographic variables, physical and social dimensions of breastfeeding mothers were collected using a semi-structured interview schedule and analyzed using descriptive statistics. Results showed that 95% of mothers had no previous education about breastfeeding. All the selected mothers had experienced latching difficulty and burping problem and also received adequate family support from their mother and relatives. Other breastfeeding difficulties such as lack of milk secretion, pain over the breast, breast engorgement, headache, fatigue and disturbed sleep were also identified among mothers. All 20 mothers did not participate in any social gathering about breastfeeding. This study revealed the difficulties faced by mothers in physical and social dimensions and recommended the need for social initiatives to encourage breastfeeding.
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