ANT214H5 Lecture Notes - Lecture 10: Prehistoric Art, Scurvy, Upper Class

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18 Apr 2017
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Prehistoric art tells us about breastfeeding in ancient times. The women in these pieces of art have large breasts and are frequently feeding, this can show that breastfeeding is important. Babies were carried, no limit of how often a baby could be breastfed. Writings from ancient egypt and greece contain records of infants drinking animal milk from horns, etc. Weaning happens during different times, get fed something called pap super bland item fed to babies, flour and water in ancient times. Flour and water tends to give kids scurvy. Wet nurses not everyone feeds their own babies in history. Idea was that there was a certain class of women, and this was culturally common. Upper class women defined themselves by hiring someone to breast feed their children. Known as milk siblings, when more than one child is to a wet-nurse. Some women couldn"t breast feed, but they mostly just didn"t want to.

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