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Tensions of EmpireColonial Cultures in a Bourgeois World$
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Frederick Cooper and Ann Laura Stoler

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780520205406

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520205406.001.0001

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“Le Bébé En Brousse”

“Le Bébé En Brousse”

European Women, African Birth Spacing, and Colonial Intervention in Breast Feeding in the Belgian Congo

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(p.287) 8 “Le Bébé En Brousse”
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Tensions of Empire
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Nancy Rose Hunt

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520205406.003.0009

This chapter examines colonial intervention in breastfeeding and milk distribution in the Belgian Congo. It shows that these colonial initiatives were linked to a discourse which viewed African birth spacing customs insidious and saw a solution in European women. The chapter explains that the colonial call for a crusade to combat the prejudices that separate the spouses led to the development of the most massive network of maternal and infant health programs in sub-Saharan Africa.

Keywords:   breastfeeding, milk distribution, colonial intervention, Belgian Congo, birth spacing, maternal health program, infant health program

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