Colostrum and ideas about bad milk : a case study from Guinea-Bissau.
The study aims to explore ideas about bad milk found among women in Guinea-Bissau.
Interviews were held with 20 elderly knowledgeable rural women.
Interinformant agreement was high within each ethnic group studied.
All the informants recognized colostrum but disliked its consistency.
Depending on ethnical background, it was considered good, of no special value or harmful to the newborn baby.
Further, all the informants held that mature breast milk could turn bad, e.g. in case of mother's sickness or adultery.
Suspected bad milk can be diagnosed by putting an ant into it to observe if it dies.
The condition of bad milk can be treated by various procedures.
Mots-clés Pascal : Colostrum, Croyance, Allaitement, Lait maternel, Qualité, Attitude, Femme, Homme, Milieu rural, Milieu culturel, Guinée Bissau, Afrique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Colostrum, Belief, Breast feeding, Breast milk, Quality, Attitude, Woman, Human, Rural environment, Cultural environment, Guinea-Bissau, Africa
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 93-0218607
Code Inist : 002B20G01. Création : 199406.