Breastfeeding In Haiti

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What are the systems of knowledge in regions throughout Haiti regarding breastfeeding, and how do they affect successful. Breastfeeding intervention strategies? The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Innocenti Declaration of 1990 announced that “efforts should be made to increase women’s confidence in their ability to breastfeed […] to ensure that all women are adequately nourished for their optimal heath and that of their families.” The document stated the necessity of breastfeeding for the sake of global infant nutrition and health. UNICEF, with other global organizations, has continued to promoted breastfeeding and optimal infant feeding strategies ensuring mother’s “right to breastfeed,” promoting infant health globally. The…show more content…
On average in all regions of Haiti, 11% of children under five are underweight. This increases 4% in rural areas of the country. In Haiti, an average of 25% of children under five fell below the standards for the recommended height to age ratio, an average 5.6% fell below the recommended size to height ratio, and an average of 13% fell below the healthy size for age standard. Many factors contribute to malnutrition, including the economic environment: Haiti has the lowest GDP in the Western hemisphere. Healthy breastfeeding practices are a factor in combating malnutrition, as breastfeeding contributes to infant nutrition in the vital first stages of life. UNICEF cites breastfed infant having “at least six times greater chance of survival in early months,” compared to non-breastfed infant, and exclusively breastfed infants as “14 times more likely to die in the first six months than a non-breastfed child.” To further support and encourage lactating mothers to exclusively breastfeed, multiple types of breastfeeding interventions can be introduced when optimal feeding does not occur. Throughout regions of Haiti, in the healthcare sector, multiple types of breastfeeding interventions have been put in place. Beliefs held concerning breastfeeding affect the successfulness of…show more content…
The goal of this essay is to determine the system of knowledge in Haiti surrounding breastfeeding and how it affect which methods of breastfeeding intervention would theoretically be most successful in Haiti. Discipline used in this essay will include biology to deduce the overall benefits particularly in the context of Haiti Overall ethnographic trends in Haiti will be used to relate to the biological significance of breastfeeding. Social and cultural anthropology will be used to deduce the system of knowledge throughout Haiti concerning breastfeeding practices. This will be deduced via analysis of various surveys of lactating mothers of various population (including qualitative and quantitative data) throughout multiple regions of Haiti. Limitation of data from each study and survey analyzed will be taken in consideration as some studies used from analysis cover a larger and more diverse population than others. This information will be used to determine how the knowledge system effect success of breastfeeding intervention strategies in Haiti. This will be determined by analyzing data from global breastfeeding intervention studies, along with data from region-specific case studies don within

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