Introduction: The aim of this analytical study was determination of the feeding status in infants, aged 0–12 months in Hamadan city, Iran during 1997–1999.
Methods: Methods: In this prospective study 927 mothers who referring to health care centers in Hamadan city,Iran were selected randomly. After the delivery the study group followed up to one year. During the research period the related questionnaire were filled based on interviews of the studied women.The study groups’ women whom referred to the health clinic monthly, were asked the questions regarding the methods of breast feeding, beginning of supplemental foods and type of supplemental foods and etc. Then obtained information filled in the questionnaires.
Results: Results:At the first of study 85.2% of infants were exclusive breast fed and 14.8% were feed by formula or others, Whereas at 6 Months age 45.4% were excusive breast fed. The mean and SD of beginning supplemental foods was 179±33 days after birth. 5.1% of infants begin supplemental foods before 4 months age, 40.2% begin them between 4–6 months age, 38.8% between 6–7 months and 15.9% begin supplemental foods after 7 months age. The first type of supplemental food was juice, soup, riceand others. There was no meaningful correlation between the feeding status and sex of infants, literacy of family and age, job, parity of mothers(p>0.05).
Conclusion: Conclusion: The finding of this study indicates that dietary guidelines for pattern of feeding during infancy and childhood must be developed within individual countries.