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Revista de Nutrição

versão impressa ISSN 1415-5273

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PALMEIRA, Poliana de Araújo; SANTOS, Sandra Maria Chaves dos  e  VIANNA, Rodrigo Pinheiro de Toledo. Feeding practice among children under 24 months in the semi-arid area of Paraíba, Brazil. Rev. Nutr. [online]. 2011, vol.24, n.4, pp.553-563. ISSN 1415-5273.  https://doi.org/10.1590/S1415-52732011000400004.

OBJECTIVE: Examine the feeding practices among children under 24 months in the State of Paraíba, Brazil. METHODS: A cross-sectional study conducted in 14 municipalities identified as the poorest of the state; 539 households composed of at least one child between the ages of 0 and 23.9 months were investigated. A 24-hour recall was conducted with the mothers regarding food consumed by their children. The analytic model took into account established recommendations for appropriate child feeding practices for three age groups: 0-5.9 months; 6-12 months; 12-24 months. RESULTS: Children between 0-5.9 months: there is a high percentage of weaning (20.7%) and low prevalence of exclusive breastfeeding (30.5 %); children from 6-11.9 months: 45.2% of children were still breastfeeding, but only 21.7% of children between 6 and 9.9 months showed a timely complementary feeding; children between 12-23.9 months: the prevalence of weaning was 64.2%. Feeding practices were characterized by high consumption of milk-based food and low consumption of food sources of iron. CONCLUSION: Child feeding practices in the population studied were far from the recommendations for each stratum, indicating a risk for the food and nutritional security of this population.

Palavras-chave : Food consumption; Maternal and child health; Food security.

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