Breastfeeding: An adaptive process

Autor(en): Yovsi, RD
Keller, H 
Stichwörter: Anthropology; MILK; Psychology; Psychology, Multidisciplinary; WOMEN
Erscheinungsdatum: 2003
Journal: ETHOS
Volumen: 31
Ausgabe: 2
Startseite: 147
Seitenende: 171
Breastfeeding is not only a natural way of feeding children but also a parenting system that is practiced differently in diverse cultures depending on the ecological conditions and cultural values. In this study, videotapes of breastfeeding sessions and interviews with breastfeeding mothers of two ethnic groups of rural Cameroon, sedentary Nso farmers (n = 33) and nomadic Fulani pastorals (n = 18), were analyzed. The primary socialization goal of the two groups is the health and survival of the child in a hazardous. environment. Yet their ideas about self-construct differ, with the Nso following a more interdependent developmental pathway and the Fulani following a more individualistic pathway. The results are discussed with respect to their relevance in defining a culturally informed developmental science, as well as developing intervention programs that are tailored to the needs of people in varying contexts.
ISSN: 00912131
DOI: 10.1525/eth.2003.31.2.147

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