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5.0 out of 5 stars Browse through 'Baby wisdom', 3 Sept. 2002
This review is from: Baby Wisdom: The World's Best-kept Secrets for the First Year of Parenting (Paperback)
I did not read "Baby Wisdom". You cannot peruse such a rich non-fiction book from page one to page 500. I put it somewhere on my desk and, now and then, I open it at random. Each time I start reading I need a pen to take notes. The more I explore this inimitable source of information, the more I am amazed by the art Deborah Jackson has developed to widen our horizons. On the first page that caught my attention, I came across the story of a mother gorilla in a zoo who had been unable to give the breast to her baby until the day when she saw a group of breastfeeding human mothers. Via such a story you are immediately conditioned to interpret many current breastfeeding difficulties and to accept the key sentence in that page: "Western humans are born and raised in an environment as artificial as any zoo". You unreservedly agree that we cannot make assumptions about human infant feeding in general by looking at our very special cultural milieu.
'Baby wisdom' cannot be compared with any other book or manual about babies and child rearing. Let us take as an example the chapter about crying babies. Most baby books focus on recipes in order to calm a colicky baby. Deborah Jackson first helps us to realize that crying is the universal language of infancy. Thanks to her highly concise style she just needs one line: "Rhesus monkeys coo. Ape babies scream. And human infants cry". After that we are curious to know about the interpretation of infant crying in different cultural milieus. When our curiosity has been amply fulfilled, we are ready to accept that our western interpretations set us apart from most of the world.
Browse through 'Baby wisdom' and you'll learn about human nature from an authentic expert...the mother of three children.
Liliana Lammers
Doula and grandmother
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