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Revista Brasileira de Saúde Materno Infantil

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Abstract

SANTOS, Vera Lúcia Fugita dos; SOLER, Zaida Aurora Sperli Geraldes  and  AZOUBEL, Reinaldo. Children in the first semester of life: focus on exclusive breastfeeding. Rev. Bras. Saude Mater. Infant. [online]. 2005, vol.5, n.3, pp. 283-291. ISSN 1519-3829.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1519-38292005000300004.

OBJECTIVES: describe the type of diet offered to 205 children in the first six months of life. METHOD: descriptive exploratory study, focusing on exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months of life. Survey was performed in the city of Votuporanga, interior of São Paulo, during the national day of multiple vaccination. RESULTS: the majority of mothers breastfed their children, but less than half of them exclusively in their first six months of life. The majority of respondents were between 15 and 31 years old; were married or lived with their companions; had incomplete elementary education level and family income ranged from one to six minimum salaries. 62.6% of the women were oriented on breastfeeding during prenatal care. CONCLUSIONS: research results determined the value of surveying the diet offered to newborn children in their first semester of life; as well as the need to orient women throughout all of their reproductive cycle to have them adhere to exclusive breastfeeding.

Keywords : Breast feeding; Feeding.

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