Why do mothers breastfeed girls less than boys? Evidence and implications for child health in India.

@article{Jayachandran2011WhyDM,
  title={Why do mothers breastfeed girls less than boys? Evidence and implications for child health in India.},
  author={Seema Jayachandran and Ilyana Kuziemko},
  journal={The quarterly journal of economics},
  year={2011},
  volume={126 3},
  pages={1485-1538}
}
Breastfeeding is negatively correlated with future fertility because nursing temporarily reduces fecundity and because mothers usually wean on becoming pregnant again. We model breastfeeding under son-biased fertility preferences and show that breastfeeding duration increases with birth order, especially near target family size; is lowest for daughters and children without older brothers because their parents try again for a son; and exhibits the largest gender gap near target family size, when… CONTINUE READING
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