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AUTHORS

Nahid Masoodpoor 1 , * , Zinat Salem 2 , Mohsen Rezaeian 3 , Vahid Hesami 4

AUTHORS INFORMATION

1 Associat Professor Department of Pediatrics, Rafsanjan University of Medical Sciences, Rafsanjan, Iran.

2 Instructor, Department of Community Medicine, Rafsanjan University of Medical Sciences, Rafsanjan, Iran.

3 Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Rafsanjan University of Medical Sciences, Rafsanjan, Iran.

4 General Practitioner, Rafsanjan University of Medical Sciences, Rafsanjan, Iran.

ARTICLE INFORMATION

Hormozgan Medical Journal: 12 (3); e88968
Published Online: January 06, 2008
Article Type: Research Article
Received: August 07, 2006
Accepted: January 06, 2008

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Abstract

Introduction: The importance of breast-feeding is well-known over the first twoyear
of the life. Although, the complementary feeding is the main source of
energy during the above-mentioned period and breast-feeding itself cannot supply
the child nutritional requirements, as a consequence, complementary feeding
provides seventy percent of the daily child requirements. It seems that a decrease
in the frequency of complementary feeding over the first 2-year of the life would
lead to an increase in the frequency of breast-feeding.
Methods: We conducted a cross-sectional and descriptive study which was
performed via a simple randomized sampling on 404 first to second year infant
referred to health centers of Rafsanjan city. A detailed-questionnaire and physical
exam were performed. X2 test and Fischer's exact test were used.
Results: Our study showed a significant correlation between the frequency of
daily breast-feeding and height in the second year of the life (p<0.009).
However, there was no significant correlation between the frequency of daily
breast-feeding and weight in the second year of the life.
Conclusion: Our study showed that complementary feeding did not fulfill the
sufficient calories which itself leads to child shortness in height. It was observed
that insufficient complementary feeding would lead to an increased frequency of
breast-feeding.

Keywords

Breastfeeding - Malnutrition – Growth

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