Breastfeeding and Culture. Nancy P. Chin, PhD, MPH Associate Professor Department of Community & Preventive Medicine University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry. Outline. Definitions Culture barriers to breastfeeding: a case from Brazil US culture and breastfeeding.
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Nancy P. Chin, PhD, MPH
Department of Community & Preventive Medicine
University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry
Culture is that complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, morals, laws, custom, and any other capabilities and habits acquired by man as a member of society. In other words, culture is a system of knowledge and beliefs which is shared by a group of people, which is acquired by learning, which is communicated through words, actions and artifacts, and which is passed from generation to generation.
Systems of Hierarchy
Race Sexual Orientation
“When [poor women] refer to their own milk as scant, bitter, curdled, sour, breast milk is a powerful metaphor speaking to the scarcity and bitterness of their lives as women.”