Your browser doesn't support javascript.

BVS Integralidade em Saúde

Informação e Conhecimento para a Saúde

Home > Pesquisa > ()
Imprimir Exportar

Formato de exportação:


Adicionar mais destinatários
| |

Infant feeding practices in the Peruvian Amazon: implications for programs to improve feeding / Prácticas de alimentación de lactantes en la Amazonia Peruana: implicaciones para los programas de mejora de la alimentación

Lee, Gwenyth; Paredes Olortegui, Maribel; Rengifo Pinedo, Sylvia; Ambikapathi, Ramya; Peñataro Yori, Pablo; Kosek, Margaret; Caulfield, Laura E.
Rev. panam. salud pública ; 36(3): 150-157, sep. 2014. graf, tab
Artigo em Inglês | LILACS | ID: lil-728926


To characterize feeding practices in a community in the Peruvian Amazon and to consider how this information could be used to strengthen programs and policies designed to improve nutrition and reduce child malnutrition in vulnerable communities


Data from three structured questionnaires were combined to produce a comprehensive depiction of feeding in a sample of 246 infants from birth through 8 months of life in the community of Santa Clara de Nanay near Iquitos, Peru. Breastfeeding initiation practices, exclusive breastfeeding in the first 180 days of life, the introduction of solids, and complementary feeding practices from 6-8 months, were described and related to maternal, infant, and household characteristics, including food insecurity


The median duration of exclusive breastfeeding was 19 days. However, over the first 180 days of life, children were exclusively breastfed on 46.1% of days. Overall, 68.3% of infants received some semi-solid or solid food between 0-6 months and all had received semi-solids by the end of 8 months of age. The proportion of infants consuming a minimally acceptable (frequent and diverse) complementary diet was 2.9%, 7.9%, and 16.1% at 6, 7, and 8 months respectively


Although breastfeeding is nearly universal, promotion programs are needed in Santa Clara to 1) delay the introduction of plain water, other non-breast milk liquids, and semi-solid foods; 2) extend the period of exclusive breastfeeding; and 3) increase food diversity and the frequency of feeding during the period of complementary feeding. These results can be used to guide programs and policies to improve nutrition and reduce child malnutrition.
Biblioteca responsável: BR1.1