Aprile 2000 - Volume XIX - numero 4

Medico e Bambino


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Frequenza e durata dell’allattamento al seno nella provincia di benevento

Paolo D’Argenio1, Ersilia Palombi2, Elisabetta Versino3, Maria Pia Aversano3, Rosa Bassi3, Anna Di Fiore3, Ferri Michela 3, Nicolina Glielmo3, Iglio Giovanni3, Petroccia Clementina 3, Lea Sacco3, Sara Sasso3, Giuseppe Salamina5

1Servizio Epidemiologia e Prevenzione ASL Benevento;
2Servizio Igiene degli Alimenti e della Nutrizione ASL Benevento;
3Unità Operative Materno Infantili Distretti Sanitari ASL Benevento;
4 Dipartimento di Sanità Pubblica e Microbiologia- Università di Torino;
5Osservatorio Epidemiologico per le Dipendenze – ASL5 Regione Piemonte

We have assessed the frequency and the duration of breast-feeding (only mother’s milk or mixed) in the new-borns of the Benevento province by interviewing the mothers at their children’s second vaccination (average age 21 weeks - min 1” max 40). Our findings have then been submitted to complex statistical surveys. The risk of non breast-feeding is 89%. It is higher for low-weight children (OR) and for the new-borns of those mothers who have not breast-fed their previous children (OR). The probability of non breast-feeding is double for those mothers who have not been properly informed by their reference hospital. The probability of breast-feeding declines by 2.3% per week, and it reaches 50% at 17-18 weeks. The risk is significantly higher for mothers without any previous breast-feeding experience, for smoking mothers, and for underweight children. Our findings are better than those obtained from a survey carried out 3 years ago, and they can be considered positive as compared to other Italian results. However, they remain unsatisfactory, and they require a stronger and more targeted effort in the future.

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P. D’Argenio, E. Palombi, E. Versino, M. Aversano, R. Bassi, A. Di Fiore, M. Ferri, N. Glielmo et al. Frequenza e durata dell’allattamento al seno nella provincia di benevento. Medico e Bambino 2000;19(4):263 https://www.medicoebambino.com/?id=0004_263.pdf


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