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Epidemiologia e Serviços de Saúde

Print version ISSN 1679-4974On-line version ISSN 2237-9622

Abstract

SCHINCAGLIA, Raquel Machado; OLIVEIRA, Amanda Cristine de; SOUSA, Lucilene Maria de  and  MARTINS, Karine Anusca. Feeding practices and factors associated with early introduction of complementary feeding of children aged under six months in the northwest region of Goiânia, Brazil. Epidemiol. Serv. Saúde [online]. 2015, vol.24, n.3, pp.465-474. ISSN 2237-9622.  https://doi.org/10.5123/S1679-49742015000300012.

OBJECTIVE:

to analyze feeding practices and factors associated with early introduction of complementary feeding of children aged under six months born in a maternity hospital in the northwest region of Goiânia, Goiás, Brazil.

METHODS:

cross-sectional study conducted between August/2005 and February/2007; early introduction of complementary feeding was investigated (outcome of interest) and possible associated factors (sociodemographic, maternal, pregnancy, child-related and food consumption variables); the prevalence ratio was determined using a Poisson regression model with robust adjustment of variance.

RESULTS:

362 children aged under six months were assessed and it was found that 95.3% of children received water (77.5%), fruit (62.7%), juices (57.2%), and savoury food (55.1%) early; after adjusted analysis outcome prevalence was higher among children of mothers who smoked (PR=1.02; CI95%: 1.01;1.04) and lower in primiparous mothers (PR=0.97; CI95%: 0.95;0.99).

CONCLUSION:

prevalence of early introduction of complementary feeding was high and associated with environmental and gestational factors.

Keywords : Infant; Breast Feeding; Supplementary Feeding; Maternal and Child Health; Cross-Sectional Studies.

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