Asia-Pacific Population Journal

For over two decades, the Asia-Pacific Population Journal (APPJ) has been taking the pulse of population and social issues unfolding in the region. Published by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), APPJ brings out high quality, evidence-based and forward-looking articles relevant for population policies and programmes in Asia and the Pacific. Prominent population experts, award-winning demographers, as well as lesser known researchers have been contributing articles, documenting over the years the evolution of thinking in this important sphere.


Breast-feeding and the family planning sector’s initiative in Indonesia

Breast-feeding averts an average of 28 per cent of the total potential fertility (fecundity) per woman of reproductive age in Indonesia, the fifth most populous country in the world. Contraception controls another 35 per cent, and age at marriage and other factors inhibit an additional 15 per cent of the total fecundity. Only about 22 per cent of the total fecundity is realized in actual births, representing a total fertility rate of about 3.4 per woman in 1987.


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