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Breastfeeding and popular aetiology in the Sahel

Van de Walle, Etienne; Van de Walle, Francine


Two views about breastfeeding and the resumption of intercourse after a birth are found to prevail in Bamako and Bobo-Dioulasso, two cities of the Sahel region of Africa: that sexual relations may spoil the milk; and that a child should be weaned when the woman is pregnant again. Both beliefs provide a rationale to abstain, but the postpartum taboo has been greatly reduced in the area, and the second belief is the most important. ‘Bad milk’ serves as an explanation for many of the diarrhoeas...[Show more]

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Date published: 1991
Type: Journal article


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