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  1. Mother's milk and pseudoscientific breastmilk testing in Pakistan.

    Article - En anglais

    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

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 92-0392109

    Code Inist : 002B30A03C. Création : 199406.