Anthropological Approach to Breastfeeding Case Studies among the Students and Workers of the Salesian Polytechnic University

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General objective To know through the ethnographic method about the opinions, beliefs and practices that are socially constructed about breastfeeding among the students and workers of the Salesian Polytechnic University. Justification At the Salesian Polytechnic University, statistics show that there are a large number of students and workers who are mothers or are of the age to be. Motherhood and breastfeeding are two issues that generate a special condition in women since, for social reasons, it is she who is called to care for, feed and raise children. This means that female university workers and students live in a different condition from that of their male colleagues: they are the ones who must sacrifice their studies, jobs and life time in order to create adequate conditions for their sons and daughters. that many of them abandon their studies or work or simply stop breastfeeding, which, in terms of health, means a serious problem since it affects the direct development of infants. In addition, stress is generated between mothers and children due to the abrupt separation between them. Despite the fact that these are key problems that are related to student dropout, low grades, malnutrition in infants, etc., as an institution we have responded little to to the breastfeeding and child-rearing conditions that women who are mothers go through. A university with a gender approach, that respects the different and diverse conditions in which its students are, must have clear elements for decision-making and the respective institutional support.
Effective start/end date22/01/1822/01/19


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