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Bone stable isotope evidence for infant feeding in Mediaeval England

  • S.A. Mays (a1), M.P. Richards (a2) and B.T. Fuller (a3)

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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.

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Bone stable isotope evidence for infant feeding in Mediaeval England

  • S.A. Mays (a1), M.P. Richards (a2) and B.T. Fuller (a3)

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