J. P. Lederach's Culture: Exclusive Breastfeeding

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Culture according to J.P. Lederach (1995), “is the shared knowledge and schemes created by a set of people for perceiving, interpreting, expressing, and responding to the social realities around them." There exists an inconsistency in breastfeeding practices particularly exclusive breastfeeding, which is considerably influenced by ones cultural belief. (Osman, Zein, & Wick, 2009). The World Health Organisation (2013) defines exclusive breastfeeding as the means by which an infant receives only breast milk for the ideal growth, development and health of the child and is recommended to last for the first six months. Therefore within this period, no other liquid or solids should be introduced in the infant’s diet. (World Health Organization, 2013)
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