Why breastfeeding is a learned skill and not necessarily an instinctive one!!
Fascinating last lecture at ESPGHAN conference on Friday called Monkey See, MonkeyDo, presented by Patrick Van Veen, a biologist and behavioural scientist who studies primates to learn about human behaviour.
One of his findings was that female gorillas in captivity who gave birth appeared to 'starve' their babies and not feed them, so the babies were hand reared by keepers. What he then did was to put 'human' breastfeeding mothers in view of the pregnant gorillas an...
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