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Type Journal Article - The American journal of clinical nutrition
Title Lipid-based nutrient supplements for pregnant women reduce newborn stunting in a cluster-randomized controlled effectiveness trial in Bangladesh
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Volume 103
Issue 1
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2016
Page numbers 236-249
URL http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/103/1/236.full
Abstract
Background: Maternal undernutrition and newborn stunting [birth length-for-age z score (LAZ) <−2] are common in Bangladesh.

Objective: The objective was to evaluate the effect of lipid-based nutrient supplements for pregnant and lactating women (LNS-PLs) on birth outcomes.

Design: We conducted a cluster-randomized effectiveness trial (the Rang-Din Nutrition Study) within a community health program in rural Bangladesh. We enrolled 4011 pregnant women at ≤20 gestational weeks; 48 clusters received iron and folic acid (IFA; 60 mg Fe + 400 μg folic acid) and 16 clusters received LNS-PLs (20 g/d, 118 kcal) containing essential fatty acids and 22 vitamins and minerals. Both of the supplements were intended for daily consumption until delivery. Primary outcomes were birth weight and length.

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