Maternal and Child Nutrition • Vol/Iss. 6 • Blackwell Publishing Ltd • • Published In • Pages: 4-18 •
Premastication exists as a behavioral trait cross-culturally on all continents and in all subsistence types.
Looked at 119 sampled societies that contained the OCM code 853 (infant feeding) or 862 (weaning). 38 of the societies mentioned premastication use. These 38 existed across all 6 HRAF regional groups. 31 of the 38 that mentioned premastication cited the purpose of providing food for babies.