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Evaluation of the Dietary Practices of Breastfeeding Mothers: Case of General Hospitals in Bonoua and Dabou

The dietary practices of breastfeeding mothers are of crucial importance as they impact the health and development of their infants. Unfortunately, these dietary practices often do not align with recommendations. A prospective descriptive study was conducted to assess the dietary practices of 120 breastfeeding mothers. The study spanned seven months and took place in general hospitals in Bonoua and Dabou. Socio-demographic characteristics, dietary habits of breastfeeding mothers, and food consumption frequencies over a 7-day period were determined using an adapted questionnaire. The results revealed that the majority of mothers were aged between 25 and 34 years (50.8%), had a secondary education level (40%), were in a relationship, and worked as artisans, traders, or business owners. Regarding dietary practices, 68.4% of mothers consumed at least three meals per day, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with an estimated water intake between 1 and 1.5 L/day (60.9%). The dietary profile of breastfeeding women from Dabou and Bonoua consisted, in descending order, of fresh vegetables (99.2%), tubers and cereals (99.2%), meats, fish, and eggs (99.2%), oil (86.7%), sugar and sweet products (79.1%), and dairy products (58.1%). However, fruits (43.8%) and dried vegetables (3%) were less frequently consumed. 20% of women avoided certain foods during breastfeeding, and 23.3% consumed alcohol. In conclusion, it would be essential to conduct awareness campaigns to improve the dietary practices of breastfeeding mothers.

Dietary Practices, Breastfeeding Mother, Infant, Breastfeeding

APA Style

Coulibaly, G. A., Yépié, A. H., Koné, N. T., Anin-Atchibri, A. L., Dadié, A. (2024). Evaluation of the Dietary Practices of Breastfeeding Mothers: Case of General Hospitals in Bonoua and Dabou. Journal of Food and Nutrition Sciences, 12(1), 55-60. https://doi.org/10.11648/jfns.20241201.15

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Coulibaly, G. A.; Yépié, A. H.; Koné, N. T.; Anin-Atchibri, A. L.; Dadié, A. Evaluation of the Dietary Practices of Breastfeeding Mothers: Case of General Hospitals in Bonoua and Dabou. J. Food Nutr. Sci. 2024, 12(1), 55-60. doi: 10.11648/jfns.20241201.15

AMA Style

Coulibaly GA, Yépié AH, Koné NT, Anin-Atchibri AL, Dadié A. Evaluation of the Dietary Practices of Breastfeeding Mothers: Case of General Hospitals in Bonoua and Dabou. J Food Nutr Sci. 2024;12(1):55-60. doi: 10.11648/jfns.20241201.15

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