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Revista Médica La Paz

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JIMENEZ M., Rodolfo et al. NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS OF BREAST FEEDING IN LESS THAN 6 MONTHS. Rev. Méd. La Paz [online]. 2011, vol.17, n.2, pp.5-12. ISSN 1726-8958.

The maternal breast feeding is the best option that we can and we must provide to infants during the first months of life. The culture of breast feeding, natural parenting, and possibly the natural emotional link between mothers and children has been lost. In Bolivia, the maternal lactation (LM) has been relaunched since the early 1990s and again occupies pride of place in the attention of professionals and workers in health, as well as large groups of social opinion, media and health authorities. With the aim of determining the nutritional benefits of the LM in children under age of 6 months and the level of maternal awareness surveys were conducted to mothers with children up to six months of age, born in Hospital La Paz who went to the paediatric Centre healthy child control. 380 Surveyed mothers, 84 per cent claimed toknow the importance of breastfeeding, but only 34% had clear information; as to technique, 74% said that it was known exactly but valued, only 22% demonstrated a technique, appropriate and complete. Of all mothers, 174 (47%) claimed that he was a doctor or a nurse who taught the technique of LM. Of the / ACE nursing, 58% were female, 77 per cent were receiving exclusive breastfeeding (LME); those with SCI, the 75.5 per cent were between diversions standart 0 to + 3 of tables weight for height in children under 6 months of the AEIPI-Nut, while that only 53.2% of fed not exclusive breastfeeding (LMNE) corresponded to these same detours and 50% of all infants received an adequate number of shots . It has shown that those children who are exclusively breastfed have better growth curves. The degree of academic instruction and the maternal age may favour women's ability to understand the importance of exclusive breastfeeding among children under age 6 months. Despite the efforts of health workers, there are still doubts about the proper technique of LM. We must encourage natural exclusive breastfeeding up to 6 months and further training of health personnel to improve the development and growth of children in Bolivia.

Palabras clave : Breastfeeding; growth curves; predominant breastfeeding.

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