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Breastfeeding and weaning practices in relation to nutritional status of infants.
Indian Pediatr. 1992 Dec; 29(12):1533-9.IP

Abstract

During the critical period of infancy, breastfeeding and weaning practices play an important role in determining the growth of an infant. The present study investigates the issue by observing 225 infants from Low Socio Economic (LSE) class (n = 150) and High Socio Economic (HSE) class (n = 75) for weight, height, and feeding practices. Almost all artificially fed (AF) infants in LSE class were malnourished while this was not so in the HSE class. However, the proportion of malnourished children in the LSE class for partially breastfed (BF + AF) group was comparable with exclusively breastfed (BF) group and was significantly lower (p < 0.01) than AF group indicating protective effect of partial breastfeeding against risks of contamination associated with weaning foods in such communities: The real bottleneck thus appears to be the lack of knowledge of handling and giving weaning foods in adequate quantities. Educating mothers appears to be the meaningful solution for improving the nutritional status of infants in poor communities.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Biometry and Nutrition, Maharashtra Association for Cultivation of Science, Pune.No affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

1291499

Citation

Rao, S, and V Rajpathak. "Breastfeeding and Weaning Practices in Relation to Nutritional Status of Infants." Indian Pediatrics, vol. 29, no. 12, 1992, pp. 1533-9.
Rao S, Rajpathak V. Breastfeeding and weaning practices in relation to nutritional status of infants. Indian Pediatr. 1992;29(12):1533-9.
Rao, S., & Rajpathak, V. (1992). Breastfeeding and weaning practices in relation to nutritional status of infants. Indian Pediatrics, 29(12), 1533-9.
Rao S, Rajpathak V. Breastfeeding and Weaning Practices in Relation to Nutritional Status of Infants. Indian Pediatr. 1992;29(12):1533-9. PubMed PMID: 1291499.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Breastfeeding and weaning practices in relation to nutritional status of infants. AU - Rao,S, AU - Rajpathak,V, PY - 1992/12/1/pubmed PY - 1992/12/1/medline PY - 1992/12/1/entrez KW - Age Factors KW - Asia KW - Biology KW - Breast Feeding KW - Child Development KW - Comparative Studies KW - Demographic Factors KW - Developing Countries KW - Diseases KW - Economic Factors KW - Growth KW - Health KW - India KW - Infant Nutrition KW - Malnutrition KW - Nutrition KW - Nutrition Disorders KW - Population KW - Population Characteristics KW - Research Methodology KW - Sex Factors KW - Social Class KW - Socioeconomic Factors KW - Socioeconomic Status KW - Southern Asia KW - Studies KW - Weaning SP - 1533 EP - 9 JF - Indian pediatrics JO - Indian Pediatr VL - 29 IS - 12 N2 - During the critical period of infancy, breastfeeding and weaning practices play an important role in determining the growth of an infant. The present study investigates the issue by observing 225 infants from Low Socio Economic (LSE) class (n = 150) and High Socio Economic (HSE) class (n = 75) for weight, height, and feeding practices. Almost all artificially fed (AF) infants in LSE class were malnourished while this was not so in the HSE class. However, the proportion of malnourished children in the LSE class for partially breastfed (BF + AF) group was comparable with exclusively breastfed (BF) group and was significantly lower (p < 0.01) than AF group indicating protective effect of partial breastfeeding against risks of contamination associated with weaning foods in such communities: The real bottleneck thus appears to be the lack of knowledge of handling and giving weaning foods in adequate quantities. Educating mothers appears to be the meaningful solution for improving the nutritional status of infants in poor communities. SN - 0019-6061 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/1291499/Breastfeeding_and_weaning_practices_in_relation_to_nutritional_status_of_infants_ L2 - https://medlineplus.gov/breastfeeding.html DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -