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P R Health Sci J. 2002 Mar;21(1):25-9.

Knowledge about breastfeeding in mothers of infants with gastroesophageal reflux.

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Maternal and Child Health Program, Graduate School of Public Health, Medical Sciences Campus, University of Puerto Rico, Box 365067, San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA.


Infants with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) who are breastfed have significantly shorter clinical episodes of the condition than artificially fed infants. The purpose of this study was to identify the knowledge about the benefits of breastfeeding in mothers of babies 0-12 months of age with gastroesophageal reflux. A non-probabilistic sample was taken among patients from various private radiological centers. Sixty mothers completed a self-administered questionnaire, with a median age of 26 years and an educational level of 14 years. Seventy one percent breastfed their last baby, but only 18.6% practiced exclusive breastfeeding. The pediatrician suggested formula to 53.3% of the mothers, and 64% of the mothers were told to combine breast milk with vegetables as treatment for the GERD. Inadequate knowledge about the benefits of breastfeeding was exhibited by 27% of the mothers. Mothers of infants with GERD need education on the importance of breastfeeding. Further research is necessary on the factors which impact the duration of breastfeeding in this population.

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