This paper uses data from the Malaysian Family Life Survey to study trends and determinants of infant feeding choices in Peninsular Malaysia, 1950-1977. Such factors as ethnic group, level of education, and family income are studied as they affect choice between breastfeeding and artificial feeding (or a combination of the two), duration of breastfeeding, and choice and timing of supplementation. The author discusses implications of the findings for public health policy, and reviews literature on health consequences of infant feeding and child nutrition. An appendix studies correlates of re-test reliability in the infant feeding recall data.
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