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Title:Influences on infant feeding in Dar es Salaam
Authors:Bantje, H.ISNI
Yambi, O.
Periodical:Food and Nutrition Bulletin
Geographic term:Tanzania
Subject:baby food
Abstract:This paper summarizes the findings from a study of infant feeding practices in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in 1980. It was part of an international investigation entitled 'Rethinking Infant Nutrition Policies under Changing Socio-Economic Conditions', organized by a task force of the International Union of Nutritional Sciences. Its broad aim was to identify negative material constraints on breast-feeding, and to stimulate social and political action to remove them. The study addressed itself mainly to the question: In what way are feeding patterns influenced by household conditions and specific material constraints on women? Practices related to breast-feeding, the initiation of weaning foods, and current infant diets are related to household income and female employment status, as well as to a number of social and cultural variables covering maternal background, living conditions, knowledge and attitudes, and exposure to formula promotion. The impact of government maternity protection legislation is briefly outlined. Notes, ref., tab.