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Breastfeeding and Food Policy in a Hungry World - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780125809504, 9780323154857

Breastfeeding and Food Policy in a Hungry World

1st Edition

Editor: Dana Raphael
eBook ISBN: 9780323154857
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 1979
Page Count: 348
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Breastfeeding and Food Policy in a Hungry World documents the proceedings of the International Conference on Human Lactation held by the New York Academy of Sciences in March 1977. The contributions made by researchers at the conference are organized into five sections. Section One presents studies on the family contexts of breastfeeding and social myths and economic realities of breastfeeding. Section Two examines cultural factors in infant feeding practices, including breastfeeding practices of women in India, Nigeria, and China. Section Three deals with the economic and commercial aspects of infant weaning foods. It includes studies on economics of food aid programs; the difficult problems involved in developing a dairy industry in warm climates; and the effects on breastfeeding of the present political climate. Section Four presents studies on physiological, psychological, public health, and political considerations in human lactation. Section Five describes several programs designed to improve the health of children. These include nonformal education to help women help themselves and their families, and food subsidies and decentralization of service to improve the health of poor people.

Table of Contents



Section One: Historical and World Perspectives on Breastfeeding

Family Contexts of Breastfeeding

Social Myths and Economic Realities about Breastfeeding

Section Two: Cultural Factors in Infant Feeding Practices

Breastfeeding and Weaning in Two Indian Villages

Some Patterns of Feeding and Support among the Igorot of Sagada

Breastfeeding Practices among Urban Women in Ibadan, Nigeria

Village Women of St. Kitts

The Decline of Breastfeeding: Interplay of Images and Policies

Modernization and Changing Patterns in Breastfeeding: The Sardinian Case

Breastfeeding in a Developing Country: The Peoples Republic of China

Traditional Breastfeeding Methods in Mexico

Section Three: Economic and Commercial Aspects of Infant Weaning Foods

Milk in Foreign Aid and the Developing Dairy Industries in the Third World

The Dairy Industry in Less Developed Countries

Political-Economic Factors of Breastfeeding

International Perspectives on Weaning Foods: The Economic and Other Implications of Bottle Feeding and the Use of Manufactured Weaning Foods

A Perspective on the Impact of Infant Formula in Developing Nations: Future Goals and Policies

Breastfeeding: A Critique of the Literature

Section Four: Physiological, Psychological, Public Health, and Political Considerations in Human Lactation

Public Health Considerations in Human Lactation

Infant Health from a Public Health Perspective

Breastfeeding in Latin American Projects

Errors of a Nutritional Policy to Maximize Human Growth

Lactation Performance as a Function of Nutrition and Social Class

Breastfeeding and Its Relation to Morphological, Behavioral, and Psychocultural Development

Early Mother-Infant Contact: Effects on Breastfeeding

Interrelationships between Breastfeeding and Birth Spacing: Field Observations

What is Biochemically Special about Human Milk?

Immunologic Aspects of Human Milk

Secretion of Foreign Substances in Breast Milk

Section Five: Community and World Projects on Breastfeeding and Weaning Foods

Nutrition is More than Agriculture

World Health Organization Programs in Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding, Milk, and UNICEF

Decline in Breastfeeding: PAG Role in Its Prevention

AID Research and Programs in Infant Feeding

Nutrition Programs in India

Programming Alternatives in Human Lactation: Matemal-Child-Health Programs of CARE in India

Nonformal Education and Third World Women

Programs to Encourage Breastfeeding in the Developing Countries


Biographical Notes



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