Parental and other Caretaker Roles

Both men and women take responsibility for child rearing, but these tasks mostly fall to women. Shipibo children are engulfed in love from their first moments and are highly indulged by both parents. Children are breastfed for at least 6 months, and complete weaning may not occur for several years. Infants are carried on the hip in a shawl tied around the mother's neck as she goes about her various chores. Very young infants sleep during the day in a covered hammock that is watched by a grandparent, sibling, or other relative who may be sitting nearby performing such tasks as weaving and potting.

All children receive close supervision and attention from a variety of adults, but particularly the child's mother and the mother's immediate relatives. This is true for both healthy and sick infants. The child of a woman who has deficient or no breast milk is nursed by a female relative who is lactating.

Pregnancy And Childbirth

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