How my heart feels as far as my children, is what I do: examining African American women's negotiations of infant feeding practices Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
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  • Chamberlain, Brittany
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Anthropology
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  • Low income African Americans suffer from some of the highest rates of obesity and lowest rates of breastfeeding of any racial or ethnic group. The author employs a biocultural anthropology perspective and the concept of Authoritative Knowledge in order to qualitatively investigate the gap between population level disparities and the mothers and families who are making and affected by these decisions. This study examines from where and whom low income, African American women from North Carolina obtain information about infant feeding options and how they negotiate among varied, and often conflicting, information during the decision making process. It finds that mothers use the discourses of meeting needs and each kid is different to discuss infant feeding strategies and filter the varied sources of information through the lens of their motherhood in order to best care for their children.
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  • Thompson, Amanda
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  • Master of Arts
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  • 2012
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