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Title:Social Dynamics and Infant Feeding Practices in Northern Ghana
Author:Awumbila, MariamaISNI
Year:2003
Periodical:Research Review (ISSN 0855-4412)
Volume:19
Issue:2
Pages:85-98
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Ghana
West Africa
Subjects:nutrition
breastfeeding
Cultural Roles
Women and Their Children
Health, Nutrition, and Medicine
Sex Roles
Family Life
Medicine, Nutrition, Public Health
children
Social influence
Baby foods
Domestic relations
Abstract:Infant feeding practices have been identified as one of the major determinants of children's nutritional status and account to a large extent for the high rates of malnutrition among children in Ghana. Based on research undertaken in 1998-1999 in a rural and an urban area in Ghana's Bawku East District, this paper examines infant feeding practices of women with children between 0 and 6 months of age and analyses the role of sociocultural factors, household and gender dynamics as determinants of infant feeding practices and child nutrition. It argues that the existence of beliefs and value systems especially with regard to the cultural administration of water is central to conflicts with exclusive breastfeeding recommendations of WHO and UNICEF. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract, edited]
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