Breastfeeding and Empathy

While the health effects of breastfeeding get plenty of attention, you’re less likely to hear about some of the interactions between breastfeeding and psychological development.

That’s why I was so excited to learn about the research of psychologist Dr. Darcia Narvaez at the University of Notre Dame.  She is Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Collaborative for Ethical Education.  She is co-author, most recently, of Evolution, Early Experience, and Human Development and has written on breastfeeding for Psychology Today.

To learn more about Dr. Narvaez’s research on the relationship between breastfeeding and moral development, I asked her these questions: …

Is it obscene that anyone has to argue for the rights of children to have access to their mothers?    When medicine pushes for fundamental alterations to something that has worked beautifully for millennia, the burden of proof should be on medicine, not nature.

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