Hadza Tribe (Photo credit: kibuyu)
Last night my husband and I were watching a BBC documentary, Origins of Us. 35 minutes into the film they discuss breastfeeding. Its a wonderful intervention into modern culture. When asked by a woman from the Hadza Tribe if she has any children the Dr Alice Roberts responds yes one who is 11 months old. The women of the Hadza tribe look appalled and ask her who is taking care of the child? Dr Roberts responds that her husband is, the women of the Hadza tribe are still confused, and the Hadza Tribe woman responds no… Who is breastfeeding her child? Dr Roberts explains that her child was weaned at 7 months, this confuses the woman of the Hadza tribe even more…. She asks another question… “Will the child grow?”
Although this sounds like a nonsensical question to ask… what if we followed our natural instincts as parents without the interference of modern culture, and media… how long would we breastfeed for… What else would be different in our parenting skills. Would our parenting style be closer to the style of an attached parent?
The documentary is listed below, Please watch and let me know your thoughts.