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Revista de Salud Pública

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SAENZ-LOZADA, María L.  and  CAMACHO-LINDO, Ángela E.. Breastfeeding and supplementary feeding practice in a child day-care centre in Bogotá. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2007, vol.9, n.4, pp.587-594. ISSN 0124-0064.

Objective Identifying breast feeding and complementary feeding characteristics and the main causes of why mothers stop nursing amongst the population attending the Universidad Nacional's day-care centre. Methods A descriptive, qualitative and quantitative study was carried out. The data for this study was obtained from a survey made of the kindergarten children's parents during 2004 and 2005. Results 98 % of the children received breast milk and 75 % recognised its benefits for both mother and child. Only 21 % of the children ceased to be breast fed six months after birth, this being the minimum age recommended by the WHO. 40 % of the mothers keep breast feeding after 12 months. Conclusions The elements resulting from analysing the surveys agreed with other countries' theories and experience; they also contributed to new considerations regarding the specific context of the Universidad Nacional's kindergarten.

Keywords : Breastfeeding; supplementary feeding; child rearing; feeding; health knowledge.

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