Story: Te whānau tamariki – pregnancy and birth

Māori mother breastfeeding

Māori mother breastfeeding

A Māori mother (centre) breastfeeds her child in an 1849 image. Before the arrival of Europeans breast milk was the only suitable food available for young babies.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: PUBL-0032-6
Artwork by Richard Aldworth Oliver

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Hope Tupara, 'Te whānau tamariki – pregnancy and birth - Rites and baby care', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 June 2022)

Story by Hope Tupara, published 5 May 2011, updated 1 Jun 2017