Soc Sci Med. 1988 ; 27(5): 461-9.
The quality of a mother's milk and the health of her child: beliefs and practices of the women of Mithila.
Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, England.
Among Maithil women there is an understanding of the relation between a mother's milk and the health of her child. Their understanding is supported by the Ayurvedic tradition. Characteristic is the way in which breast-feeding condenses so many meanings--nutritional, medical and moral--into one act. The mother not only nurses her child but also forms his character, fulfills her own personhood and perpetuates her husband's family.