Infant Feeding Practices

A Cross-Cultural Perspective

  • Pranee Liamputtong

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxv
  2. Socio-cultural Perspective of Infant Feeding and Policy Framework

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
  3. Socio-cultural Perspective of Infant Feeding and Policy Framework

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Jane A. Scott
      Pages 39-54
    3. Athena Sheehan, Virginia Schmied
      Pages 55-76
  4. Motherhood, Work, and Infant Feeding Practices

  5. Infant Feeding Practices and HIV/AIDS

  6. Infant Feeding Beliefs and Practices Within Socio-cultural Context

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 357-372

About this book


Infant Feeding Practices A Cross-Cultural Perspective Pranee Liamputtong, Editor It’s natural... It’s unsightly... It’s normal... It’s dangerous. To breastfeed or not? For millions of women around the world, this personal decision is influenced by numerous social, cultural, and health factors. Infant Feeding Practices is the first book to delve into these factors from a global perspective, revealing striking similarities and differences from country to country. Dispatches from Asia, Australia, Africa, the U.K., and the U.S. explore as wide a gamut of salient issues affecting feeding practices as traditional beliefs about colostrums, “breast is best” campaigns, partner attitudes, workplace culture, direct government intervention, and the pressure to be a “good mother.” Throughout these informative pages, women are seen balancing innovation and tradition to nurture healthy, thriving babies. A sampling of topics covered: • Policy versus practice in infant feeding. • Infant feeding in the age of AIDS. • Managing the lactating body: the view from the U.S. • Motherhood, work, and feeding. • The effects of migration on infant feeding. • From breastfeeding tradition to optimal breastfeeding practice. Infant Feeding Practices is a first-of-its-kind resource for researchers and practioners in maternal and child health, public health, global health, and cultural anthropology seeking empirical findings and culturally diverse information on this sensitive issue.


HIV/AIDS breastfeeding cross-cultural research developing countries maternal and child health social determinants of health women in the workplace

Editors and affiliations

  • Pranee Liamputtong
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Public HealthLa Trobe UniversityBundooraAustralia

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-6872-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-6873-9
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