“Le Bébé En Brousse”

Nancy Rose Hunt

in Tensions of Empire

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 1997 | ISBN: 9780520205406
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520918085 | DOI:
“Le Bébé En Brousse”

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This chapter examines colonial intervention in breastfeeding and milk distribution in the Belgian Congo. It shows that these colonial initiatives were linked to a discourse which viewed African birth spacing customs insidious and saw a solution in European women. The chapter explains that the colonial call for a crusade to combat the prejudices that separate the spouses led to the development of the most massive network of maternal and infant health programs in sub-Saharan Africa.

Keywords: breastfeeding; milk distribution; colonial intervention; Belgian Congo; birth spacing; maternal health program; infant health program

Chapter.  16924 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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