Adult Breastfeeding in Ancient Rome

@article{Mulder2017AdultBI,
  title={Adult Breastfeeding in Ancient Rome},
  author={Tara Mulder},
  journal={Illinois Classical Studies},
  year={2017},
  volume={42},
  pages={227 - 243}
}
  • Tara Mulder
  • Published 30 August 2017
  • Medicine
  • Illinois Classical Studies
This article examines possible connections between historical-mythological depictions of women breastfeeding their own parents, ancient pharmacological uses of human breast milk, and the columna lactaria ("lactation column"). By looking at accounts of the adult consumption of human breast milk in conjunction with medical writings about the nutritional and curative properties of the substance, I argue that there could have been a practice of distributing and consuming human breast milk in the… 

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