It's natural...It's unsightly...It's normal...It's dangerous. To breastfeed or not? For millions of women around the world, this personal decision is influenced by numerous social, cultural, and health factors. Infant Feeding Practices is the first book to delve into these factors from a global perspective, revealing striking similarities and differences from country to country. Dispatches from Asia, Australia, Africa, the U.K., and the U.S. explore as wide a gamut of salient issues affecting feeding practices as traditional beliefs about colostrums, "breast is best" campaigns, partner attitudes, workplace culture, direct government intervention, and the pressure to be a "good mother." Throughout these informative pages, women are seen balancing innovation and tradition to nurture healthy, thriving babies. A sampling of topics covered: * Policy versus practice in infant feeding. * Infant feeding in the age of AIDS. * Managing the lactating body: the view from the U.S. * Motherhood, work, and feeding. * The effects of migration on infant feeding. * From breastfeeding tradition to optimal breastfeeding practice. Infant Feeding Practices is a first-of-its-kind resource for researchers and practioners in maternal and child health, public health, global health, and cultural anthropology seeking empirical findings and culturally diverse information on this sensitive issue.
The etiology of infantile spasms/West syndrome remains unknown; the pathophysiology is poorly understood and the optimal course of treatment is controversial. The primary goal of this volume is to carefully assess all aspects of the disorder, provide the reader with a concise guide to the most effective and efficient means for establishing the diagnosis, formulating an appropriate treatment plan and assessing the outlook for long-term outcome.
Abusive Head Trauma in Infants and Children; Medical, Legal, and Forensic Issues combines alt aspects of abusive head trauma cases--medical, social service, investigative, legal and preventive--into one complete reference. All professionals involved in identifing children at risk, diagnosing injuries, investigating allegations, implementing services and strategizing for prevention will find this book a tremendous resource. In addition to reviewing the most up-to-date information on mechanisms of injury, pathophysiology, and physical findings, Abusive Head Trauma in Infants and Children details the application of medical science to the investigation and prosecution of these cases as well as issues of long-term outcome, developmental and educational needs and strategies for community education and prevention. A case study chapter gives the learner an opportunity to apply the information. This textual and visual reference addresses all forms of abusive head trauma--including shaking injuries. These volumes clearly describe the mechanisms involved in inflicted head injuries, and outline steps used to discover abusive head injuries in the absence of the external signs of trauma. Abusive Head Trauma Supplementary CD-ROM depicts how head injuries occur using 3-D images and animation. This product is valuable for explaining the complex biomechanics of abusive head injury to investigators, mandated reporters, and jurors.
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