Maternal Labor, Breast-Feeding, and Infant Health


in Global Inequalities at Work

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780195150865
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865222 | DOI:
 Maternal Labor, Breast-Feeding, and Infant Health

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Reconciling the rights and demands of women's productive and reproductive roles poses an increasing challenge to policy formulation. This chapter reviews existing evidence on the benefits of breast-feeding for mothers and infants, global breast-feeding prevalence and trends, and the associations between breast-feeding and maternal employment. It presents a study of the experiences of working mothers in Thailand, with a focus on the effects of employment on breast-feeding and women's perceptions of themselves as they attempt to balance their roles. It concludes with a discussion of the implications of the study for current international discourse and public policy relating women's dual employment and child-rearing responsibilities.

Keywords: breast-feeding; maternal employment; working mothers; Thailand; infant health; policy

Chapter.  13571 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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