A woman (aunt, grandmother, sister) or man (brother, lover, father) in a social group who helps a mother rear her child
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Noel has taken on the role of allomother, carrying the baby about 50% of the time.
Increasingly, cross-cultural data suggest that mothers meet this reproductive challenge by relying on the assistance of other group members, allomothers, who provide care for and/or provision her children.
Wilson (among others) has claimed that evolutionary survival required women to stay home while men hunted, anthropologists now believe that women foraged as many as 1,500 miles a year while carrying and continually suckling young children--or leaving them in the care of allomothers.
Seemingly in a case of science catching up to reality, evolutionists now recognize that in prehistory, humans may have confronted some conditions which dictated care by allomothers.