Grandma to the Rescue

Why do many US mothers struggle with breastfeeding? UCLA evolutionary anthropologist Brooke Scelza found a possible answer among Namibia’s Himba ethnic group.

Through interviews with about 30 Himba moms, she uncovered a key practice that helps them succeed at breastfeeding: New mothers spend the first postpartum months living with their own mothers, learning to properly care for their infants. Similar customs are common in some other cultures, but not in the US.

Because of the support Himba mothers receive, Scelza says, they are able to take breastfeeding difficulties, such as trouble getting a baby to latch, in stride.

Source: NPR Goats and Soda

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