Revista de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1518-8787
TUDISCO, Eliete Salomon et al. Assessment of maternal nutritional condition and duration of breast-feeding. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 1984, vol.18, n.4, pp. 313-322. ISSN 1518-8787. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89101984000400006.
The nutritional condition of one hundred and ninety (190) low income parturients of the city of S. Paulo (Brazil) was measured and correlated to the duration of breast-feeding. The nutritional status was measured using the weight for height adequacy ratio. The role of health services in the weaning process was also investigated. The prevalence of protein-energy malnutrition in the pre-gestational, post-delivery and post-weaning periods was described and the nutritional status pattern during these periods was discussed: only the non-primiparous group of women showed a statistically significant difference in their nutritional status as between the three periods; no relationship between the mother's nutritional status and the duration of breast-feeding was observed. Health services' activities, and pre-natal and nursery routines were analized and showed a qualitative faillure that best explains the early weaning in the sample population studied.
Keywords : Breast feeding; Pregnancy; Weaning.