Breastfeeding Patterns in Rural Bangladesh

  • Sandra L. Huffman
Part of the Nutrition and Food Science book series (NFS, volume 3)


The often cited advantages of breastfeeding for women in the developing world include breastmilk’s anti-infective properties, nutritional superiority to cow’s milk, low cost, freedom from contamination, contraceptive effects, and its phychological benefits (Jelliffe and Jelliffe, 1971). Although these advantages are considerable, the incidence and duration of breastfeeding vary widely, depending on the country and location within it. Generally, in more developed areas, breastfeeding is less common; rural women traditionally breastfeed more extensively than urban women.


Infant Death Early Postpartum Period Maternal Nutritional Status Postpartum Amenorrhea Human Lactation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sandra L. Huffman
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  1. 1.Dept. of Pop. Dynamics, School of Hygiene and Public HealthThe Johns Hopkins Univ.BaltimoreUSA

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