Relationship between Maternal Nutrition and Infant Mortality

  • Aaron Lechtig
Part of the Nutrition and Food Science book series (NFS, volume 3)


High infant mortality rates (IMR) are a major health problem in many countries of the world. Maternal malnutrition has been implicated as an important cause of the high IMR reported in many developing nations. The objetive of this paper is to explore the relationship between maternal nutrition and infant mortality.


Infant Mortality Infant Death Birth Interval Dietary Energy Maternal Nutrition 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    Lechtig, A., H. Delgado, R. Martorell, D. Richardson, C. Yarbrough and R.E. Klein. Effect of maternal nutrition on infant mortality. in: “Nutrition and Human Reproduction” (Conference on Nutrition and Human Reproduction held at the National Institute of Health, Bethesda, Md., February, 1977). W. Henry Mosley, ed. Plenum Press, New York, 1978, p. 147–174Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Lechtig, A., S. Margen, T. Farrell, H. Delgado, C. Yarbrough, R. Martorell and R.E. Klein. Low birth weight babies: world wide incidence, economic cost and program needs. (Chapter II). in: “Perinatal Care in Developing Countries” (Based on a workshop held at Gimo, Sweden, jointly sponsored by the World Health Organization and the 5th European Congress of Perinatal Medicine). G. Rooth and L. EngstrBm, lds. Uppsala, Sweden, 1977, p. 17–30.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Morris, J.N. and J.A. Heady. Social and biological factors in infant mortality. V. Mortality in relation to the father’s occupation, 1911–1950. Lancet 1: 554–560, 1955.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. 4.
    Chase, H.C. Infant mortality and weight at birth: 1960 United States birth cohort. Am. J. Pub. Hlth, 59: 1618–1628, 1969.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. 5.
    Lechtig, A., H. Delgado, R. Martorell, D. Richardson, C. Yarbrough and R. E. Klein. Socioeconomic factors, maternal nutrition and infant mortality in developing countries. Paper presented at the VII World Congress of Gynecology and Obstretics, Mexico, D.F., October 17–24, 1976.Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Bergner, L. and M.W. Susser. Low birth weight and prenatal nutrition: an interpretative review. Pediatrics 46: 946–966, 1970.Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Habicht, J-P., A. Lechtig, C. Yarbrough and R.E. Klein. Maternal nutrition, birth weight, and infant mortality. “Size at Birth (Ciba Foundation Symposium 27”, in: K. Elliot and J. Knight (lds.) Associated Scientific Publishers, Amsterdam, 1974 p. 353–377.Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Lechtig, A., J-P. Habicht, E. De León, G. Guzmân and M. Flores. Influencia de la nutritión sobre el crecimiento fetal en poblaciones rurales de Guatemala: aspectos dietéticos. Arch. Latinoamer. Nutr., 22: 101–115, 1972.Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Lectig, A., J-P. Habicht, H. Delgado, R.E. Klein, C. Yarbrough and R. Martorell. Effect of food supplementation during pregnancy on birth weight. Pediatrics 56: 508–520, 1975.Google Scholar
  10. 10.
    Lechtig, A., H. Delgado, R.E. Lasky, R.E. Klein, P. Engle, C. Yarbrough and J-P. Habicht. Maternal nutrition and fetal growth in developing societies: socioeconomic factors. Am. J. Dis. Child. 129: 434–437, 1975.Google Scholar
  11. 11.
    Lechtig, A., C. Yarbrough, H. Delgado, R. Martorell, R.E. Klein and M. Béhar. Effect of moderate maternal malnutrition on the placenta. Am J. Obstet. Gynecol., 123: 191–201, 1975.Google Scholar
  12. 12.
    Baird, D. Environmental and obstetrical factors in prematurity with special reference to experience in Aberdeen. Bull. WHO 26: 291–295, 1962.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Aaron Lechtig
    • 1
  1. 1.Div. of Human DevelopmentINCAPGuatemalaGuatemala, C.A.

Personalised recommendations