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Maternal Perception Of Infant Crying: Effects On Infant Feeding Choices In Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico


Summary

In most settings, it is recommended that infants be exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months of life. Despite years of breastfeeding promotion, many still do not follow this recommendation. One of the primary reasons across cultures that women begin to introduce other foods and fluids to their infant before 6 months of age is the perception of an inadequate milk supply, and studies also suggest that the amount and manner in which an infant cries drives this perception. In a study in collaboration with Mexican Institute for Social Security (IMSS), the largest provider of health care to Mexican families, we studied maternal perceptions of infant crying and its influence on infant feeding decisions in the first 6 months of life.

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  • Start Date: 
    07/01/2000
  • End Date: 
    06/30/2004

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