Demography

, Volume 26, Issue 3, pp 439–450

To what extent does breastfeeding explain Birth-interval effects on early childhood mortality?

  • Robert D. Retherford
  • Minja Kim Choe
  • Shyam Thapa
  • Bhakta B. Gubhaju
Birth Stopping and Spacing Behavior

DOI: 10.2307/2061603

Cite this article as:
Retherford, R.D., Choe, M.K., Thapa, S. et al. Demography (1989) 26: 439. doi:10.2307/2061603

Abstract

This article shows that in Nepal breastfeeding almost completely explains the effects of following birth interval on childhood mortality during the first 18 months of age and partially explains the effect of following birth interval on childhood mortality between 18 and 60 months of age. Breastfeeding does not explain the effect of preceding birth interval on childhood mortality. The analysis is based on an application of hazard models to data from the 1976 Nepal Fertility Survey.

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© Population Association of America 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert D. Retherford
    • 1
  • Minja Kim Choe
    • 1
  • Shyam Thapa
    • 2
  • Bhakta B. Gubhaju
    • 3
  1. 1.Population InstituteEast-West CenterHonolulu
  2. 2.Family Health InternationalResearch Triangle Park
  3. 3.Family PlanningMaternal and Child Health ProjectMinistry of HealthNepal

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