In urban squatter settlements and rural villages of Pakistan, human breastmilk is regarded as a potential source of destruction as well as of nurturance.
Though it is highly valued as crucial for infant survival, it is also thought susceptible to becoming tainted in many ways:
by a « shadow » from the spirit world;
by « evil eye » or black magic due to others' envy;
by the effects of a new pregnancy;
by the mother's illness or « weakness »;
by her exposure to excessive cold or heat;
by her dietary indiscretions.
In any of these circumstances, women may stop breastfeeding to prevent illness in the nursing child.
Mots-clés Pascal : Lait maternel, Analyse qualitative, Croyance, Médecine traditionnelle, Allaitement, Attitude, Comportement, Femme, Homme, Milieu culturel, Qualité, Bidonville, Milieu rural, Pakistan, Asie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Breast milk, Qualitative analysis, Belief, Folk medicine, Breast feeding, Attitude, Behavior, Woman, Human, Cultural environment, Quality, Shantytown, Rural environment, Pakistan, Asia
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 92-0392109
Code Inist : 002B30A03C. Création : 199406.