Nutrition Through the Life Cycle (...

6th Edition
Judith E. Brown
ISBN: 9781305628007



Nutrition Through the Life Cycle (...

6th Edition
Judith E. Brown
ISBN: 9781305628007
Textbook Problem

Breastfeeding and Adequate Nourishment

Molly G. is a 24-year-old office manager and part-time aerobics instructor who has delivered vaginally, without complications, a healthy, full-term son, Daniel. With a birth-weight of 3200 g (7 lb), Daniel is the first child for Molly and her husband. Molly is 162 cm (5 ft 4 in.) tall with a prepregnancy weight of 56.8 kg (125 lb). She gained 25 kg (55 lb) during her uncomplicated pregnancy and has been a lacto-ovo vegetarian for five years. After a 12-hour stay in a birthing center, Molly and her husband bring Daniel home.

At four days postpartum, Molly, her husband, and her mother-in-law bring the baby to the health care center for his first follow-up visit. Molly and her husband are very concerned about whether their son is getting adequate nourishment, so the dietitian is called to see the family. During nutrition assessment, the following information is documented. Daniel weighs 3,000 g (6 lb 6 oz). The parents report that Daniel nurses vigorously about every 1½ to 2 hours and never sleeps for more than a couple of hours. Molly says that her milk “came in” on the second postpartum day and that she feels like all she does is nurse. Her nipples are tender, but not uncomfortably sore. She reports that Daniel has at least six to eight wet diapers and two to three very loose stools each day. She wonders if she has enough milk and worries about how she will ever return to work in two months. She also wants to lose the excess weight she gained during the pregnancy and is eager to return to her aerobics classes. Her husband and mother-in-law are supportive, but they worry about the baby.

The dietitian’s nutrition assessment of the infant concludes that Daniel is a healthy infant with no nutritional problems. The family is referred to their pediatrician for further follow-up.


What factors indicate that Daniel is getting adequate nourishment?

Summary Introduction

To explain: The factors that indicate that Person D is getting adequate nourishment.

Introduction: Breast feeding is an important phase in the life of both the mother and the infant. Breast milk provides the necessary nutrients, immunological functions and psychological support to the growing infant in his early stages of development. It also has several benefits to the mother like burning of the calories gained during pregnancy and also relaxation of the body by the release of oxytocin hormone.


Person M is young mother, office manager, and a part-time aerobics instructor. She has delivered a healthy son vaginally without any complication. Her child is about 3.2 kg during birth time. Person M is about 5′4″ tall and she gained about 25 kg body weight during her pregnancy and has been a lacto-ovo vegetarian for past five years. Within four days of postpartum period, Person M and her family visited healthcare consultant with concerns that whether their son was getting proper nourishment or not. As per the nutrition assessment report, her son’s weight is 3 kg. The parents reported that their son nurses about every 1½ to 2 hours and he never sleeps for more than a couple of hours. Person M told that her breast milk came in on second day of postpartum period and her nipples are tender, but not uncomfortably sore. She reported about her son’s health condition. She was concerned about whether she had enough milk, mostly worried about weight loss, and wants to go back to her work...

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