Historical Perspectives on Breastfeeding: Two essays

Historical Perspectives 1

Historical Perspectives on Breastfeeding: Two essays
  • Format
  • Author(s)
    • Corsini, Carlo A.;
    • Matthews Grieco, Sara;
  • Publisher
    • Istituto degli Innocenti, Florence; UNICEF ICDC, Florence
  • Date of Publication
    • 1991
  • Pages
    • 96
  • IRC Stock Number
    • 30U
  • Publication Cost
    • free
  • Language
    • English


The first wave of historical studies of breastfeeding was instrumental in allowing economists, social scientists and decision-makers to guage the order of magnitude of the potantial demographic effects of changing infant feeding patterns that were apparantly underway in many third world countries. In the past 20 years much more information has become available on the effects of feeding patterns on infant mortality in developing countries, yet there are still interesting lessons to be learnt from the past. A blending of quantitative and qualitative evidence can contribute to a better understanding of behavioural dilemmas and can also help us to assess the impact of innovation and official intervention on the survival chances of infants and young children.


Thematic area

Early Childhood   / 


breastfeeding   /  child nutrition   /  early childhood development   /  historical analysis   /