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Ciência & Saúde Coletiva

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MARQUES, Emanuele Souza et al. Social representations on the diet of nursing mothers. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2011, vol.16, n.10, pp. 4267-4274. ISSN 1413-8123.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232011001100032.

This is a qualitative study that sought to establish the significance attributed by women to adequate eating habits with respect to prohibited, permitted and breastmilk-enhancing products during breastfeeding. It was based on the Theory of Social Representations described by Moscovici (2003) and Minayo (2006). 58 mothers of children up to 2 years of age living in the city of Coimbra in Minas Gerais state participated in the survey. Comprehensive analysis of feeding revealed that the new mothers interviewed understood the need for a special diet during postpartum based on healthy, fortified and lactose-rich food, as well as the need for ingesting liquids. Breatfeeding mothers appreciated the need to avoid hot, creamy and fatty food. In this perspective, feeding during this physiological phase implies an understanding of cultural, social and historical aspects which dictate eating habits. This assists in understanding customs and beliefs in order to provide professional assistance geared to the group being assisted in its proper context.

Keywords : Breastfeeding; Postpartum; Eating habits; Anthropology of feeding; Social representation.

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