Extracts from: SCN News May 1991

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A periodic review of developments in international nutrition compiled from information available to the ACC/SCN

This picture tells two stories: most obviously, about the often fatal consequences of bottle-feeding; more profoundly, about the age-old bias in favour of the male. The child with the bottle is a girl - she died the next day. Her twin brother was breastfed. This woman was told by her mother-in-law that she didn't have enough milk for both her children, and so should breastfeed the boy. But almost certainly she could have fed both children herself, because the process of suckling induces the production of milk. However, even if she found that she could not produce sufficient milk - unlikely as that would be - a much better alternative to bottle-feeding would have been to find a wet-nurse. Ironically, this role has sometimes been taken by the grandmother. In most cultures, before the advent of bottle-feeding, wet-nursing was a common practice.

"Use my picture if it will help", said the mother. "I don't want other people to make the same mistake."

Source: UNICEF.

Photo: Courtesy of Children's Hospital, Islamabad, Pakistan.

Reprinted with support from UNICEF

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The Lesser Child

Breastfeeding - More Important than Ever

The Innocenti Declaration on the Protection, Promotion and Support of Breastfeeding

The Special Role of Maternity Services

Facts for Life

"Nutrition and Population"

The International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes: 10 years later

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