Journal of Biosocial Science

Research Article

The role of breast-feeding beyond postpartum amenorrhoea on the return of fertility in India: a life table and hazards model analysis

Dilip C. Natha1, Kenneth C. Landa1 and Kaushalendra K. Singha2

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)