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The ABCs of Babies
Posted May 13, 2010 to photo album "The ABCs of Babies"
Babies may be universal, but the way that society and culture has viewed the little darlings has changed through history.
Slide 12: M is for Milk
Speaking of evolution. Human breast milk, indeed the milk of all primates, is rich in nutrients but relatively low in fat and protein. This means that in order for an infant, like the Himba baby shown above, to receive proper nourishment it needs to be fed often, which means that the mother cannot leave her child for very long. From an evolutionary perspective this is good for survival since it guarantees that for the baby to get enough calories to survive it must be near its mother at all times, and that strengthens the bonds between mother and child.