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Breastfeeding: Ottoman Empire
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As a vital source of nutrition for newborns, breastmilk had a fundamental function in the construction of womanhood in different spatial and temporal settings throughout Ottoman history. Particularly between the mid-nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, due to the pronatalist policies that placed increased importance on cultivating new and idea…

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Tugce Kayaal, “Breastfeeding: Ottoman Empire”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 25 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_COM_002177>
First published online: 2019

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