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Volume :38 Issue : 2 2010      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

The Development of a Child’s Nutritional Behavior from Birth to the Second Year

Auther : Fayez N. Alkontar

The current research aims at following the child’s growth, through a longitudinal study since birth and until the end of the second year of life, concentrating on the following aspects: Studying the development of the child’s nutrition behavior since birth and until the end of the second year, especially that related to natural breast feeding, its duration and its percentage in the child’s  total nutrition, specifying the starting point for interfering with additional  nutrition, its type and percentage. This longitudinal study (169 children were studied from birth to the end of the second year)  shows that only 48% of mothers breastfeed, with an average duration  of 77 days. The decrease of breastfeeding is perhaps due to the mother’s attitude toward child nutrition: 71% of mothers believe that  breastfeeding alone was not enough. Furthermore, early mother and infants who were separated after birth caused a lack of contact (visual, tactile and olfactory). 75% of infants were separated from their mothers. These conditions may explain the decrease of breastfeeding. This study allows us to establish growth measures for Kuwaiti children and some criteria of motor development (the age for first standing and walking).

Key words: Duration of breastfeeding, Feeding intention and behavior, Breastfeeding and early mother-infant contacts, Employed mothers, Food practices in early life.

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