Violent conflict and breastfeeding: the case of Iraq / Vidya Diwakar (Overseas Development Institute), Michael Malcolm (West Chester University), George Naufal (Texas A & M University and IZA) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserDiwakar, Vidya ; Malcolm, Michael ; Naufal, George
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, August 2017
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SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 10937
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This study explores the relationship between armed conflict and breastfeeding practices of Iraqi mothers. Using a unique pairing of the Iraq Body Count database, in conjunction with the 2006 and 2011 Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys for Iraq, we find that increases in conflict-related casualties are associated with a decline in breastfeeding incidence, with some mixed results on breastfeeding duration. We also explore a number of potential causal channels, including interactions with household wealth and accessibility of formula. The results are informative in the context of designing policy aimed at stabilizing the longterm health and productivity of populations in conflict areas.