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Breast-Feeding Patterns in Low-Income Countries

Citation

Popkin, Barry M.; Bilsborrow, Richard E.; & Akin, John S. (1982). Breast-Feeding Patterns in Low-Income Countries. Science, 218(4577), 1088-93.

Abstract

Breast-feeding is important to infant nutrition, morbidity, and mortality, and to postpartum amenorrhea (hence to birth intervals). Evidence on breast-feeding patterns in low-income countries from nationally representative World Fertility Surveys and secondary sources shows that in all but a few such countries most children are breast-fed for at least a few months. The limited evidence available on trends seems to indicate a decline in the duration of breast-feeding, but in most of Asia and Africa breast-feeding is almost universal during at least the first 6 months. Earlier weaning is common in Latin America.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.7146896

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Science

Series Title

Science 18 Feb 1983: Vol. 219, Issue 4586, pp. 798

Author(s)

Popkin, Barry M.
Bilsborrow, Richard E.
Akin, John S.

Year Published

1982

Volume Number

218

Issue Number

4577

Pages

1088-93

Reference ID

13150