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[Feeding and eating in infancy and early childhood part I. - data on breastfeeding in the large-sample “For Healthy Offspring” project]

NÉMETH Tünde, VÁRADY Erzsébet, DANIS Ildikó, SCHEURING Noémi, SZABÓ László

DECEMBER 15, 2017

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2017;27(10-12)

[INTRODUCTION - Breastfeeding is the ideal and natural source of nutrition for infants, is associated with a reduced risk of many diseases in infants and mothers. It has a positive impact on the mother-infant relationship and also has considerable economic and environmental benefits. Subjects and methods - In the “For Healthy Offspring” Project parents of 1164, 0-3-year-old children completed a ques-tionnaire about breastfeeding and their feeding routine. The sample is not representative of the general population, but the sociodemographic and housing variables indicate an adequate spectrum. RESULTS - Breastfeeding was perceived by 60% of mothers enjoyable, while 20% of them had a negative experience with it. More than 50% of mothers had some breastfeeding difficulties, but it did not have a significant correlation with the negative perception of breastfeeding. The most common problem was the perception of inadequate milk supply. Among the studied variables maternal smoking, lower maternal education and the lack of antenatal breastfeeding education had the strongest correlation with the duration of breastfeeding. CONCLUSIONS - Adequate antenatal education on breastfeeding, proactive support of women and promptly attending their breastfeeding difficulties increases the duration of exclusive and any breastfeed-ing, helps mothers to reach their breastfeed-ing goals and to perceive breastfeeding enjoyable.]

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