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Weaning, complementary feeding, and maternal decision making in a rural east African pastoral population.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11847989     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A small-scale, prospective study of breastfeeding and weaning practices was conducted in a seminomadic pastoral population in northern Tanzania (Datoga of Mbulu District, Arusha Region). Focus group participants suggested that weaning patterns are strongly influenced by seasonal factors, and individual mothers often stated an intention to introduce adult staple foods and terminate breastfeeding at the end of the long rains. However, a combination of maternal self-perception, assessment of infant well-being, and indicators of household food supply influenced the actual progression of weaning for individual children. The results suggest that interventions to promote exclusive breastfeeding and improve complementary feeding practices in rural East African pastoral populations could build on maternal attention to infant-centered cues and address household-level constraints on caregivers making decisions about young child feeding.
D W Sellen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of human lactation : official journal of International Lactation Consultant Association     Volume:  17     ISSN:  0890-3344     ISO Abbreviation:  J Hum Lact     Publication Date:  2001 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-02-18     Completed Date:  2002-06-07     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8709498     Medline TA:  J Hum Lact     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  233-44     Citation Subset:  N    
Department of Anthropology, Department of International Health, Emory University, 1557 Pierce Drive, NE, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Breast Feeding / ethnology*,  psychology*
Decision Making
Focus Groups
Food Supply
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Infant Food
Infant, Newborn
Longitudinal Studies
Mothers / psychology*
Prospective Studies
Rural Population

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