An analysis of the diet of infants from a teaching maternity hospital in Brazil's northeast During the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic




Infant; Breastfeeding; Complementary food; SARS-CoV2; COVID-19.


Breastfeeding should be started at birth and continued for at least two years; it should be exclusive and on demand until the sixth month, thereafter supplemented with nutritious foods. Breastfeeding has several advantages for the child, one of which being a lower infant mortality rate. During the COVID-19 pandemic, exposure to food insecurity and indirect effects on the child population are relevant, including health problems related to nutritional status. Objective: To analyze the Diet of Infants at a Teaching Maternity Hospital in Brazil's Northeast Region during the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic. Methodology: This epidemiological, observational, retrospective, and analytical investigation was conducted at a breastfeeding clinic in a teaching maternity hospital in Brazil's Northeast. In the years 2020 and 2021, data were gathered by reviewing paper records of infants released from the aforementioned maternity hospital's Rooming-in. Results: In this study, 79 infants were evaluated. Within the first hour of life, most infants had skin-to-skin contact (80.33%) and (63.08%) were breastfed. Until the 6th month, 21.52% of babies were exclusively breastfed (EB). Children who had skin-to-skin contact also breastfed within the first hour (p=0.00). Full-term children with adequate weight for age had EBF for at least 1 month of life (p=0.04). Conclusion: The majority of the maternity hospitals investigated continued to practice skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding in the first hour of infancy despite the COVID-19 epidemic.


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PEQUENO, M. M. P. .; LOPES, I. M. D. An analysis of the diet of infants from a teaching maternity hospital in Brazil’s northeast During the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic. Research, Society and Development, [S. l.], v. 11, n. 2, p. e22811225623, 2022. DOI: 10.33448/rsd-v11i2.25623. Disponível em: Acesso em: 29 feb. 2024.



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