cited by Katherine
A. Dettwyler, Ph.D.
Department of Anthropology,
Texas A & M University
"In 1988, the Interagency Group for Action on
Breastfeeding (IGAB), composed of the United States Agency for International Development
(A.I.D.), the Swedish International Development Agency, the World Health Organization
(WHO), and UNICEF, proposed standard terminology for the collection and description of
data on breastfeeding behavior. Categories of . . . . were adopted. However, in 1991, the
WHO proposed modifications to these definitions, and it is widely assumed that the new
terminology will supersede the IGAB categories."
WHO breastfeeding terminology:
Exclusive and predominant breastfeeding categories together
constitue "full breastfeeding."
Fuller discussion of terminological issues, and references
to the original IGAB and WHO discussions can be found in "Infant Feeding Practices
and Growth" by Katherine A. Dettwyler and Claudia Fishman, Annual Review of
Anthropology, 1992, volume 21, pages 171-204.
Hope this helps clarify the situation.
Prepared August 3, 1995.
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