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Bone stable isotope evidence for infant feeding in Mediaeval England.

Mays, S. and Richards, M. P. and Fuller, B. (2002) 'Bone stable isotope evidence for infant feeding in Mediaeval England.', Antiquity., 76 (293). pp. 654-656.


This paper is a first study of duration of breastfeeding using bone stable isotopes in infants in a British palaeopopulation, from the deserted Mediaeval village of Wharram Percy, England. Nitrogen stable isotope analysis suggests cessation of breastfeeding between 1 and 2 years of age. Comparison with Mediaeval documentary sources suggests that recommendations of physicians regarding infant feeding may have influenced common practice in this period.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:d15N, Breastfeeding, Weaning, Mediaeval, Wharram Percy.
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