Revista de Nutrição
Print version ISSN 1415-5273
BRECAILO, Marcela Komechen; CORSO, Arlete Catarina Tittoni; ALMEIDA, Cláudia Choma Bettega and SCHMITZ, Bethsáida de Abreu Soares. Factors associated with exclusive breastfeeding in Guarapuava, Paraná, Brazil. Rev. Nutr. [online]. 2010, vol.23, n.4, pp. 553-563. ISSN 1415-5273. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1415-52732010000400006.
OBJECTIVE: This research investigated the prevalence of exclusive breastfeeding at the age of six months and its association with socioeconomic, demographic, environmental, biological and morbidity characteristics. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was done with a sample of 426 children from Guarapuava, PR, aged 0 to 23.9 months seen by the Family Health Program. Pre-coded questionnaires were administered during home interviews to investigate breastfeeding-associated factors. RESULTS: The median of exclusive breastfeeding at six months was 60 days and the prevalence was 12.9%. Exclusive breastfeeding at six months was significantly associated (p<0.05) with the mother's employment status and with breastfeeding continuing until the occasion of the interview. CONCLUSION: The results indicate low prevalences of exclusive breastfeeding and the need of more effective actions to support working mothers, since it is harder for them to continue exclusive breastfeeding once they go back to work.
Keywords : Breast feeding; Family health program; Prevalence; Woman working.