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Why Do Mothers Breastfeed Girls Less Than Boys? Evidence and Implications for Child Health in India

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  • Seema Jayachandran

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  • Ilyana Kuziemko

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Medical research indicates that breastfeeding suppresses post-natal fertility. The implications for breastfeeding decisions are modelled and test has been done to predict model's predictions us- ing survey data from India.

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Keywords: female; gender gap; water; food; mothers; environment; birth control; health; medical research; sons; daughters; post natal; fertility; breastfeeding; survey data; girls; India; child mortality;

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