a1 Department of Sociology, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA.
a2 Centre of Population Studies, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India.
This paper investigates the effects of continued breast-feeding after resumption of menses on fertility, using data from two retrospective surveys in India and single decrement life table and multivariate time-dependent hazards analyses. Breast-feeding even after the return of menses is found to be associated with longer birth intervals. The interaction of breast-feeding duration after resumption of menses and postpartum amenorrhoea has a significant effect on the risk of conception after return of menses.
(Received September 16 1992)