Intakes and breast-milk concentrations of essential fatty acids are low among Bangladeshi women with 24-48-month-old children.
- Department for International Development
- 1 January 2011
- Document Type:
- Journal Article
- Ahmed, T., Jamil, K.M., Brown, K.H., Arsenault, J.E., Yakes, E.A. Hossain, M.B., Islam, M.M., German, J.B., Drake, C., Lewis, B.L., Rahman, A.S., and Gillies, L.A.
Maternal fat intake and adipose reserves are major sources of PUFA during lactation. The present study examined the cross-sectional relationship between prolonged breast-feeding and maternal BMI, assessed adequacy of fat intake among lactating and non-lactating mothers of children 24–48 months of age and determined breast-milk fatty acid composition. Multi-stage sampling was used to select a representative sample of mothers from two rural districts in Bangladesh (n 474). Dietary data were collected during two non-consecutive 24 h periods via 12 h in-home daytime observations and recall. The National Cancer Institute method for episodically consumed foods was used to estimate usual intake distributions. Breast milk samples were collected from ninety-eight women, and breast-milk fatty acid methyl esters were quantified using GC. Approximately 42 % of lactating v. 26 % of non-lactating mothers were underweight (BMI
British Journal of Nutrition (2011) 105 (11) 1660-1670 [DOI: 10.1017/S0007114510004964]
Published: 1 January 2011