Zawadzka-Gralec, Anna; Szóstakowska, Maria; Swincow, Grażyna
September 2007
Przeglad Pediatryczny;2007, Vol. 37 Issue 3, p284
Academic Journal
Introduction: A well-balanced diet is crucial for the proper development of a child, and a significant influence on the health of an adult. The aim of the study was analysis of feeding habits in infants in rural areas. Material and methods: The study was based on a retrospective analysis of feeding methods for 101 infants born in hospital participating in the WHO/UNICEF initiative "Baby-friendly hospital" in Chełmno. Results: On the basis of the analysis it has been noticed that all mothers undertook breastfeeding directly after the delivery although only 30 mothers continued natural feeding longer than six months. Preparations used to supplement feeding during breastfeeding were most often modified mixtures, although 17.7% of babies got cow milk. Supplementing products were introduced since the fourth month. Gluten, citrus fruit, meat stock and cream cheese were introduced too early. Social and living conditions and parents education were also analyzed. Nearly 40% of families had difficult financial situation and over a half of parents presented low level of education. Conclusions: The analysis showed that total breastfeeding period was too short. It was also found that supplementary meals were served at wrong time and using wrong products.


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