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Fall 2016


Breastfeeding greatly benefits the health of newborns, providing them with needed antibodies and protection from numerous diseases, including some of the leading causes of infant mortality. This paper explores breastfeeding practices in Bali, and the wide array of factors that have led to these practices. After discussing how breastfeeding fits into the larger context of maternal and newborn health, I explain factors in Bali that affect a woman’s decision to breastfeed and experience while breastfeeding. Determinants include those related to health, financial position, and social status. I explore the history of formula companies and formula as an alternative to breastmilk, as well as current laws in Indonesia related to breastfeeding. I conclude with the areas of greatest potential to improve breastfeeding rates in Bali, as well as the strengths of breastfeeding in Bali that can serve as an example for the rest of the world.


Community-Based Research | Community Health | Family, Life Course, and Society | International Public Health | Maternal and Child Health | Public Health | Public Health Education and Promotion | Sociology of Culture | Women's Health | Work, Economy and Organizations


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