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Korean J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2011 Sep;14(3):286-298. Korean.
Published online September 30, 2011.  https://doi.org/10.5223/kjpgn.2011.14.3.286
Copyright © 2011 The Korean Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Current Complementary Feeding and Maternal Nutritional Knowledge in Multicultural Family: Compared to the Korean Survey
Nu Ri Yang, M.D., Hye Sil Kim, M.D. and Mi Kyung Kim, M.D.
Department of Pediatrics, Presbyterian Medical Center, Jeonju, Korea.

Corresponding author (Email: kmik7@hanmail.net )
Received July 14, 2011; Revised August 19, 2011; Accepted September 09, 2011.

Abstract

Purpose

To evaluate current complementary feeding and maternal nutritional knowledge of a multicultural family in Korea.

Methods

Foreign mothers of babies aged 9~24 months, who visited pediatric clinics or attended a meeting on a multicultural family party between December 2010 and April 2011, were asked to fill out questionnaires. Data from 146 questionnaires were analyzed.

Results

Complementary food was introduced at 4~7 months in 78% of babies. The following were the sources of information on complementary feeding: friends (34%), relatives (27%), books/magazines (19%), multicultural family educational support center (8%), mass media (4%), and hospitals (3%). The cases of complementary food introduction after 8 months (21% vs. 10%, p<0.001), initial use of commercial food (26% vs. 6%, P<0.001) and initial use of bottle feeding (15% vs. 3%, p<0.001) were more frequent compared to the 2009 Korean survey. Mothers agreeing with the following suggestions were relatively fewer: feeding minced meat from 6~7 months (61%), No mixed cereal powder as complementary food (61%), feeding egg white after 12 months (63%), no adding salt or sugar to the complementary food (64%), bottle weaning before 15~18 months (66%) and considering formula better than soy milk (68%).

Conclusion

Complementary feeding practices of multicultural families showed many points of improvement compared with the 2009 Korean survey. Pediatricians should make more of an effort to consult with families of multicultural infants about nutrition and complementary feeding. Also, the government and the pediatrics academy need to institute policies to support the nutrition of multicultural infants.

Keywords: Complementary feeding; Multicultural family; Nutrition

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Table 1
Characteristics of Babies in Multicultural Family
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Table 2
Characteristics of Parents in Multicultural Family
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Table 3
Comparison of Complementary Feeding Status in Multicultural Family with the 2009 Korean Survey
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Table 4
Comparison of Correct Answer of Maternal Nutritional Knowledge on Complementary Feeding in Multicultural Family with the 2009 Korean Survey
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Table 5
Maternal Nutritional Knowledge Score Derived on the Characteristics in Multicultural Family
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Table 6
Maternal Nutritional Knowledge Score Derived on the Basis of Complementary Feeding Practices and the Sources of Information on Complementary Feeding
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