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Italian Pediatricians are Largely Against Alternative Weaning of the Infant: A Survey

Version 1 : Received: 28 December 2020 / Approved: 29 December 2020 / Online: 29 December 2020 (09:11:40 CET)

How to cite: Panza, R.; Baldassarre, M.E.; Rizzo, V.; Capozza, M.; Laforgia, N. Italian Pediatricians are Largely Against Alternative Weaning of the Infant: A Survey. Preprints 2020, 2020120720 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202012.0720.v1). Panza, R.; Baldassarre, M.E.; Rizzo, V.; Capozza, M.; Laforgia, N. Italian Pediatricians are Largely Against Alternative Weaning of the Infant: A Survey. Preprints 2020, 2020120720 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202012.0720.v1).

Abstract

1) Background: Parents are increasingly fascinated by alternative weaning methods, such as ba-by-led or vegetarian weaning. However, international pediatric societies are still cautious to-wards alternative weaning methods, due to their significant risk of nutritional deficiencies. The aim of this study is to describe the attitude of Italian pediatricians towards unconventional weaning, with particular regard to vegetarian and baby-led. (2) Methods: A 20-question ques-tionnaire was sent to Italian pediatricians, from January to December 2019; (3) Results: Responses were received from 73/1000 (7.3%) pediatricians. The vast majority of surveyed pediatricians (78.1%) is familiar with baby-led and vegetarian weaning, but only 24.7% is in favor of their practice. A significant number of pediatricians (63.0%) received request from parents for an al-ternative weaning regimen. (4) Conclusions: The survey revealed a significant gap between pedi-atricians’ attitude and parental demand concerning unconventional weaning. This could signifi-cantly impair the alliance between parents and pediatricians with the risk to expose infants and children to severe nutritional deficiencies due to self-management by parents with poor surveil-lance from health professionals.

Keywords

Weaning; Infant, newborn; Diet, vegetarian; Baby-led weaning; Complementary feeding

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