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Journal of Korean Academy of Child Health Nursing 2008;14(1):71-78.
Growth Profiles of Breastfed Infants Participating the "Year 2005 Healthy Breastfed Baby Contest.".
Gun Ja Jang, Mi Ye Kim, Soon Rim Suh, Yeong Hee Shin, Kwi Ae Chung, In Hae Lee, Sun Hee Kim
1Daegu Polytechnic College, Korea. kjjang14@tpic.ac.kr
2College of Nursing, Kyungpook National University, Korea.
3College of Nursing, Keimyung University, Korea.
4Department of Nursing, Youngnam College of Science & Technology, Korea.
5Kyungpook National University Hospital, Korea.
Despite the 12-year KNA breastfeeding campaign, the declining trend in the national breastfeeding rate has not been significantly reversed. PURPOSE: This investigation focused on mothers' decision to breastfeed and the physical growth profiles of breastfed infants. METHODS: Participants were 146 mothers and their 5-7 months old infants participating the "Year 2005 Healthy Breastfed Baby Contest." Data were collected through interviews with mothers on their breastfeeding practice and assessment of infant growth profiles by the investigators. RESULTS: Concerning breastfeeding practice, 76% of mothers decided to breastfeed even before their pregnancy and 92% intended to breastfeed a year or as long as baby wants and 52% planned to breastfeed solely by self-motivation from reading. The growth profiles of breastfed infants showed that for WAZ (weight-for-age Z-scores), LAZ (length-for-age Z-scores) and HCAZ (head circumference-for-age Z-scores) the breastfed infants were above the WHO percentiles for their age. CONCLUSION: Considering that the mothers planned to breastfeed even before pregnancy and that the physical growth of the breastfed infants was above WHO standards, the authors recommend that in future campaigns the focus should be on families who plan to have a baby.
Key words: Breast-feeding; Infants; Growth
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