Breast Feeding of Low Birthweight Infants


(P. V.) Department of Clinical Sciences University of Tampere SF-33520 Tampere 52 Finland


ABSTRACT. The incidence and length of breast feeding of LBW (leqslant R: less-than-or-eq, slant2 500 grams) infants were investigated. A marked increase from 1979 to 1982 was noted: the incidence rose from 78 % to 91 % and the proportion of infants breast fed for 3 months rose from 54 % to 67 %. A breast feeding promotion programme did not influence the length of breast feeding of LBW infants within one year of the intervention. Smaller infants, those with RDS and those from lower social classes were breast fed less than others.