Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


International Affairs


Breastfeeding is thought to be the most beneficial resource for providing newborns with nutrition that will positively impact their growth and development, while also providing health benefits for the mother as well (American Academy of Pediatrics [AAP], 2005). However, the number of women that choose to breastfeed world wide is surprisingly lower than what would be expected. This paper will focus upon the reasons why women choose to not breastfeed, and go beyond the traditional assumptions of socio-­economic class and ethnicity; instead looking at elements of social and cultural influence from the local and global levels.



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