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Police activity does not reduce duration of breastfeeding mothers of military

Paper presented at UFMG shows that mothers provide exclusive breastfeeding for the military, on average, seven months

 
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While in other countries military mothers tend to wean their children from four to six months sooner than other women, in Brazil there is this difference. The conclusion of a study presented at the Faculty of Medicine of which highlights the importance of breastfeeding in all cases.

Research shows that even the so-called operational activity, which consists of patrolling the streets, is not decisive for early weaning among the military. For the author of the dissertation, Tatiana Freitas Bossert, Lt. pharmaceutical Military Police of Minas Gerais, two hypotheses may explain this. "Often the mother is directed to more administrative activities after returning from maternity leave. But it could be that, despite its unique characteristics and military issues, the operational activity has not even any interference with regard to breastfeeding," explains.

One hundred military mothers were interviewed between May 2009 and September 2011. The goal was to discover how and how long they breastfed, and gather data on a military career. Of this total, 94 had breastfeeding, with an average of seven months. The breastfed, however, has been practiced by only 23% of mothers, for a period of four months. "These results are still below the level recommended by WHO, which is exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months and supplemented by two years," says the author.

The study also highlighted the importance of properly inform mothers about the value of breastfeeding appropriate. Contrary to expectations, mothers who received information on the subject prenatal breastfed their children for a shorter time. The author's research points out the lack of preparedness of pediatricians as a possible explanation. "Studies show that pediatricians with specific training on the subject have positive effect on breastfeeding rates," he says.

The solution proposed is the lactation consultations, aimed specifically to provide information about breastfeeding, with subject matter experts. The service could be provided in the Military Hospital, in the case of military mothers, and the professionals of the Family Health Program, in the case of civilians.

Source: Isaude.net
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