Nutritional status and diet quality of nursing mothers on exclusive breastfeeding

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Objective: Identifying the nutritional status, dietary intake and diet quality of nursing mothers on exclusive breastfeeding. Methods: Cross-sectional study carried out with nursing mothers on exclusive breastfeeding from day 28 postpartum. Standardized instruments were used, and body mass index, food consumption and diet quality were evaluated. Results: The nursing mothers were overweight, presented energy consumption below the recommended and adequate percentage of macronutrients, except for protein, which was elevated. The diet was classified as needs improvement according to the Healthy Eating Index (HEI). Conclusion: The results show that the overweight associated with a diet of poor quality indicated possible deficiencies of micronutrients.

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Tavares, M. P., Devincenzi, M. U., Sachs, A., & De Vilhena Abrão, A. C. F. (2013). Nutritional status and diet quality of nursing mothers on exclusive breastfeeding. ACTA Paulista de Enfermagem, 26(3), 294–298. https://doi.org/10.1590/s0103-21002013000300015

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