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Breastfeeding and weaning practices in rural Mexico.

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This report describes the breastfeeding and weaning practices of rural women in two Mexican towns and the cultural beliefs upon which these practices are based. Interviews and focus group discussions were used to collect information. Women thought breastfeeding preferable to bottle-feeding. Eighty percent initiated breastfeeding and 69% gave colostrum. Breastfeeding was discontinued early (mean age 4 months). The mean age at which children were introduced to other liquids was 2 months (range 0-5 months) and to solids, 4 months (range 1-8 months). Women's decisions regarding infant feeding were influenced most by custom and advice from doctors and family members. In some instances medical advice conflicted with traditional practices. These findings suggest important avenues for intervention in hospital practices, education for health care workers, and in the development of health promotion services.

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    School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Washington.

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    Nutrition and health 9:4 1994 pg 255-63

    MeSH

    Adolescent
    Adult
    Bottle Feeding
    Breast Feeding
    Developing Countries
    Female
    Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
    Humans
    Infant
    Infant Food
    Infant, Newborn
    Male
    Mexico
    Rural Population
    Weaning

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    8065664

    Citation

    Lipsky, S, et al. "Breastfeeding and Weaning Practices in Rural Mexico." Nutrition and Health, vol. 9, no. 4, 1994, pp. 255-63.
    Lipsky S, Stephenson PA, Koepsell TD, et al. Breastfeeding and weaning practices in rural Mexico. Nutr Health. 1994;9(4):255-63.
    Lipsky, S., Stephenson, P. A., Koepsell, T. D., Gloyd, S. S., Lopez, J. L., & Bain, C. E. (1994). Breastfeeding and weaning practices in rural Mexico. Nutrition and Health, 9(4), pp. 255-63.
    Lipsky S, et al. Breastfeeding and Weaning Practices in Rural Mexico. Nutr Health. 1994;9(4):255-63. PubMed PMID: 8065664.
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    TY - JOUR T1 - Breastfeeding and weaning practices in rural Mexico. AU - Lipsky,S, AU - Stephenson,P A, AU - Koepsell,T D, AU - Gloyd,S S, AU - Lopez,J L, AU - Bain,C E, PY - 1994/1/1/pubmed PY - 1994/1/1/medline PY - 1994/1/1/entrez KW - Americas KW - Breast Feeding KW - Culture KW - Data Collection KW - Demographic Factors KW - Developing Countries KW - Focus Groups KW - Health KW - Infant Nutrition KW - Interviews KW - Latin America KW - Mexico KW - North America KW - Nutrition KW - Population KW - Population Characteristics KW - Research Methodology KW - Rural Population KW - Weaning SP - 255 EP - 63 JF - Nutrition and health JO - Nutr Health VL - 9 IS - 4 N2 - This report describes the breastfeeding and weaning practices of rural women in two Mexican towns and the cultural beliefs upon which these practices are based. Interviews and focus group discussions were used to collect information. Women thought breastfeeding preferable to bottle-feeding. Eighty percent initiated breastfeeding and 69% gave colostrum. Breastfeeding was discontinued early (mean age 4 months). The mean age at which children were introduced to other liquids was 2 months (range 0-5 months) and to solids, 4 months (range 1-8 months). Women's decisions regarding infant feeding were influenced most by custom and advice from doctors and family members. In some instances medical advice conflicted with traditional practices. These findings suggest important avenues for intervention in hospital practices, education for health care workers, and in the development of health promotion services. SN - 0260-1060 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/8065664/Breastfeeding_and_weaning_practices_in_rural_Mexico_ L2 - http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/026010609400900402?url_ver=Z39.88-2003&rfr_id=ori:rid:crossref.org&rfr_dat=cr_pub=pubmed DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -