The timing of complementary feeding of infants in Switzerland : compliance with the Swiss and the WHO guidelines

Dratva, Julia and Merten, Sonja and Ackermann-Liebrich, Ursula. (2006) The timing of complementary feeding of infants in Switzerland : compliance with the Swiss and the WHO guidelines. Acta paediatrica : an international journal of paediatrics, Vol. 95, H. 7. pp. 818-825.

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The importance of adequate complementary feeding of infants is increasingly acknowledged. Little is known of the actual complementary feeding practices in Switzerland.; To report the prevalence of adequate timing of complementary feeding, comparing the compliance to Swiss and World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, and to investigate factors influencing infant complementary feeding.; In 2003 a cross-sectional study was conducted of mother-and-infant pairs in Switzerland. The mothers, randomly chosen by local community mother-and-child health services, completed a 24-h dietary recall questionnaire and reported the infant's age at the first introduction of various foods. Descriptive analysis, group testing and regression analysis of data collected were conducted.; Introduction of solids mainly occurred between the 5th and 6th months. Five per cent of the mothers introduced complementary food before the age of 4 mo. The main influencing factors for infant feeding were maternal age, language regions, mother's BMI and smoking status, the presence of siblings, and an allergic predisposition of the infant.; The timing of the introduction of complementary foods meets with Swiss guidelines. WHO recommendations, however, are not met. This may be due to a misunderstanding of the Swiss Paediatric Association's age-range recommendations or insufficient promotion of the WHO recommendations.
Faculties and Departments:09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)
UniBasel Contributors:Dratva, Julia
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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