Title: Maasai Butterfat Fed Babies, A Pilot Qualitative Study of the Infant Supplemental Feeding Practices and Beliefs of the Maasai Living in the Longido District of Tanzania.
Author: Scott Smith
Institution: Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health, Berlin
Graduate date: 2015-06-25 (W3C-DTF)
Document: Smith_Thesis Abstract.pdf
Description: This study was undertaken to investigate the infant feeding practices and beliefs of the Maasai living in rural Northern Tanzania. The fact that butterfat is fed to the babies is common knowledge, but the extent of this practice has not been investigated in this population. The local medical community has concerns with this practice believing that it is implicated in childhood pneumonia and diarrhea. WHO recommends exclusive breast-feeding for infants until six months of age, viewing studies which indicate supplemental feedings are responsible for increased incidence of diarrheal and respiratory problems.
Generic Qualitative Inquiry using semi-structured interviews, FGDs, observation, medical record reviews and short interviews were used to obtain data from two villages in rural Tanzania. Data was evaluated using Thematic Analysis.
Classification: 2015 (LCSH)
Language: English
Date Of Record Creation: 2015-08-31 12:18:06 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2015-08-31 17:22:45 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2015-08-31 17:23:02 (W3C-DTF)

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