Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

2019 Edition
| Editors: David M. Kaplan

Infant Feeding

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1179-9_492



Food studies generally ignore infant and young child feeding practices in favor of adult eating. Human infants are totally dependent on others for their food, and they survive primarily on one food – milk; however, the bioethical issues concerning infant and young child feeding are seldom explored. Food activists usually focus on adult foods, not baby foods; policy makers concerned with food security ignore breastfeeding because breast milk is neither produced agriculturally nor industrially. Because human milk is produced in the bodies of individual women, it is a greater challenge to relate it to global food issues. Infant and young child feeding is also different from adult eating because the person being fed, the baby, is not making the decisions about what, how, and when to feed. The decision on what to feed an infant is not a lifestyle choice dependent on trends and fashions, but one with vital...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyYork UniversityNorth York, TorontoCanada
  2. 2.A International Baby Food Action Network Convenor, Global Working Group on Chemical and Microbiological Contaminants in Infant and Young Child Feeding ProductsSt. Jean-de-GonvilleFrance