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Food beliefs and practices among Sri Lankans 2. Weaning practices among Sinhalese

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Srikanthi Karaliedde ,

University of Peradeniya, Peradeniya, LK
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Chandrani Weerasinghe,

University of Ruhana, Galle, LK
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T. W. Wikramanayake

University of Ruhana, Galle, LK
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Abstract

A study of weaning practices among 271 Sinhala Buddhist women indicates that most mothers breast-feed their babies, in many cases for two years or more. Milk supplements are introduced early; only about 30% of mothers do not give any milk preparations during the first two years. Rice gruel is fed at an early age. Fish, meat and egg are witheld during the first year by most mothers, although a variety of foods are introduced.
How to Cite: Karaliedde, S., Weerasinghe, C. and Wikramanayake, T.W., 1982. Food beliefs and practices among Sri Lankans 2. Weaning practices among Sinhalese. Journal of the National Science Foundation of Sri Lanka, 10(2), pp.165–168. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jnsfsr.v10i2.8425
Published on 30 Jun 1982.
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