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Minerva Pediatrica 2009 February;61(1):9-14


language: Italian

Assessment of breast feeding rates during compulsory vaccination: preliminary outcomes

Candriella M., Uga E., Perino A., Angilella G., Alloni V., Trada M., Grossi L., Tripaldi C. 2, Bagnasco G. 3, Silano V. 3, Olmo L. M. 3, Allen M. 4, Provera S. 1

1 Struttura Ospedaliera Complessa di Pediatria Ospedale S. Andrea ASL 11, Vercelli, Italia 2 Struttura Ospedaliera Complessa di Pediatria Ospedale di Putignano, Bari, Italia 3 Dipartimento di prevenzione SOC SISP ASL 11, Vercelli, Italia 4 PLS, Pavia, Italia


Aim. In consideration of the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations on promoting and supporting breast feeding, a measurement of breast feeding rates was planned within Vercelli’s Province (ASL 11, Piedmont, Italy) in order to compare the local situation to the national and international one, and to promote ideas and strategies for increasing the practice of breast feeding up to six months or beyond.
Methods. During Diptheria Tetanus whole cell Pertussis vaccination (DTP) vaccination a questionnaire about their children’s feeding was handed out to all mothers. Preliminary outcomes were elaborated after a follow-up of six months.
Results. So far 1 591 questionnaires have been collected. During the first DTP immunizations 31.63% of the children were exclusively breastfed and 15.81% were partially breastfed. At the second vaccination, 11.14% and 37.68% of infants were completely and partially breastfed, respectively. A 36.11% of partially breast feeding still emerged during the third DTP vaccination.
Conclusion. The outcomes of this study are inferior compared to WHO expectation and to national statistics. Increasing breast feeding rates should consequently become a priority aim, pursuing it through the health workers training, the support of mothers who encounter difficulties during their hospital stay or at home, and making the public aware of breast feeding practices.

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