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Experiences of supporting breastfeeding North Korea: Case Study from IYCF GIFA/ENN Project

Author: GIFA / ENN report (UNHCR)
Year: 1998-9
Resource type: Case study

Case study from INFANT AND YOUNG CHILD FEEDING IN EMERGENCIES GIFA/ENN PROJECT (2003-2004)

Researchers: Mary Corbett (Evaluation of Module 1) and Marie McGrath (Collation of case studies)

Case 40
Location: North Korea
Time: 1998/99
Source: Fatia Abdullah, UNHCR
Nature: Experiences of supporting breastfeeding

When I was working in North Korea, there were a considerable proportion of infants under six months who presented to their centres there without a carer. There were many dilemmas on how to appropriately feed the infants, particularly since mothers were not present and breastmilk was not an option. Why these infants were without carers was not fully established e.g. were they teenage mums, social issues, etc. Traditionally lots of mothers went out to work and left their infants in care centres from the age of around 3 months.

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GIFA / ENN report (UNHCR) (2003). Experiences of supporting breastfeeding North Korea: Case Study from IYCF GIFA/ENN Project. www.ennonline.net/experiencesofsupportingbreastfeeding2