Infant Feeding Beliefs and Practices Across Cultures: An Introduction



This chapter aims to set the scene of this book. I shall introduce issues salient to infant feeding beliefs and practices across cultures. These include infant feeding within a socio-cultural context, cultural beliefs and practices regarding infant feeding in diverse cultures, infant feeding practices and mothers’ employment outside the home, the impact of HIV and AIDS on infant feeding practice, and authoritative knowledge of health professionals regarding infant feeding practices.


Breast Milk Exclusive Breastfeed Infant Feeding Maternal Employment Infant Feeding Practice 


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