Happy Allomothers’ Day !

Allomothering is a phenomenon observed in animals, particularly monkeys, elephants, and birds. “Allo” is a Greek pre-fix meaning “other” and allomothering refers to nurturing behaviors performed by adults who are not the mothers of the infant they are helping, and are acting as “other mothers”.  Allomothering includes such behaviors as carrying, touching, nursing, and protecting. These activities are performed by males and females.  Animal scientists believe these helpful activities give a respite to the mother, help the infant mature faster, learn valuable social skills, and pass on important mothering skills to the infant.

I have the pleasure of knowing so many wonderful “alloparents’ who as aunts, uncles, or good friends have enriched the lives of the children they know.


Jane Gleeson Infertility Acupuncture Wisconsin, Milwaukee