Breastfeeding: Biocultural Perspectives

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Patricia Stuart Macadam, Katherine A. Dettwyler
Transaction Publishers, 1995 - Social Science - 430 pages
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Breastfeeding is a biocultural phenomenon: not only is it a biological process, but is also a culturally determined behavior. As such, it has important implications for understanding the past, present, and future condition of our species. In general, scholars have emphasized either the biological or the cultural aspects of breastfeeding, but not both. As biological anthropologists the editors of this volume feel that an evolutionary approach combining both aspects is essential. One of the goals of their book is to incorporate data from diverse fields to present a more holistic view of breastfeeding, through the inclusion of research from a number of different disciplines, including biological and social/cultural anthropology, nutrition, and medicine. The resulting book, presenting the complexity of the issues surrounding very basic decisions about infant nutrition, will fill a void in the existing literature breastfeeding.
 

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Contents

Biocultural Perspectives on Breastfeeding
2
A Time to Wean The Hominid Blueprint for the Natural Age of Weaning in Modern Human Populations
40
Breastfeeding in Prehistory
76
The Culture and Biology of Breastfeeding An Historical Review of Western Europe
102
Sociocultural Aspects of the Lactation Process
128
The Politics of Breastfeeding An Advocacy Perspective
146
Beauty and the Breast The Cultural Context of Breastfeeding in the United States
168
BabyControlled Breastfeeding Biocultural Implications
218
Breastfeeding and InfantParent CoSleeping as Adaptive Strategies Are They Protective against SIDS?
266
Breastfeeding Fertility and Maternal Condition
306
Breast Cancer Reproductive Biology and Breastfeeding
348
Commentary
386
Commentary
396
Commentary
406
Biographical Sketches of the Contributors
420
Index
424

Breastfeeding Adaptive Behavior for Child Health and Longevity
244

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