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  1. Cost of infant feeding in exclusive and partially breastfed infants.

    Article - En anglais

    Objective 

    To compare the costs incurred on infant feeding between the mothers who exclusively breastfed their infants and those who introduced supplements up to 6 months of age.

    Design 

    Longitudinal follow up.

    Setting 

    Urban slums of south Delhi.

    Methods 

    One hundred normal mother infant pairs fulfilling the prelaid criteria were recruited at the time of birth and followed up for determining the feeding practices.

    The cost of feeding was estimated at prevalent market prices in terms of food supplement and medical treatment of infant and additional nutritional intake of mothers.

    The differences in costs in exclusively and partially breastfed groups were analyzed at 3,4,5 and 6 months of age.

    Results 

    There was a sharp decline of exclusive breastfeeding from birth to six months.

    The mean cost of infant feeding was Rs. 204/-per month in partially breasfed as compared to Rs. 106/-in exclusively breastfed at 6 months of age.

    The increased cost was largely attributable to supplementary food and the cost of feeding bottles. (83% of mothers used bottles).

    Conclusion 

    The mean cost of infant feeding is substantially higher in partially breastfed children.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Allaitement, Alimentation, Nourrisson, Homme, Coût, Etude longitudinale, Inde, Asie, Aspect économique

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Breast feeding, Feeding, Infant, Human, Costs, Follow up study, India, Asia, Economic aspect

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 97-0319110

    Code Inist : 002B20G01. Création : 12/09/1997.