Weaning, one of the universal processes of mammalian development, comprises the abandonment of nutritive intake by sucking mother’s milk and the acquisition of independent feeding and drinking. The weaning process can also be studied as a more general phenomenon: the developmental acquisition of independence, as well as an adaptive process of niche-shifting. We have examined weaning on several levels, always finding exciting data and rich insights.
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