Document Type

Thesis or dissertation

Date of this Version

Spring 2013

Thesis Advisor

Claudia Valeggia


This paper explores the evolutionary and cross-­‐cultural significance of wet-­nursing, an ancient, cultural practice in which infants are breastfed by women other than their mothers. With reviews of literature, meta-­‐analyses, and fieldwork, this work explores the history and biology of wet-­nursing and concludes the three primary evolutionary advantages of the practice: optimization of lactational beneficiaries, logical resource provisioning, and increased community altruism.

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Anthropology Commons



Date Posted: 08 June 2016


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