Men (that’s you David, Art, Mike, and FringePop), you may want to spare yourselves the emotional turmoil of this post. You’re welcome to read and participate in conversation; however, any thoughts and feelings you have on the subject of “a wet nurse” will be immediately discredited by your lack of estrogen.
Enter this conversation at your own risk and consider yourselves warned.
I’ve been thinking about wet nurses.
I’m not a name dropper because that gets me into trouble, but my sister-in-law (the one who blogs and takes pictures of her adorable girls) got to talking about the viable and lucrative career of a wet nurse. Let’s just say, She’s Got Milk!
We women are amazing reproductive machines. We are not only life givers, but we are also life stustainers. Let me be clear. I know God gives life, but He gives it to us grow, nurture, and incubate. Long before we begin feeding our offspring nitrate laden hot-dogs and processed mac & cheese, we offer them our breast.
Yes mom, that word just made it to print in a worldwide media induced, BIG way.
The ‘milk of the mam’ (commonly known as a mammary gland) is infused with love and warmed with affection. Our selfless feeding not only provides nourishment, but also promotes a well-being in our baby that encourages mother and child to bond. Most mothers desire to provide the best for their baby; however, for some women this does not include breast-feeding.
Because some women have physical limitations, health problems, and require medication, they must seek alternate means of nourishment for their child. Enfamil and other companies do an excellent job of mimicking the chemical makeup of breast-milk and allow children to thrive.
Whether you choose to nurse your baby or give that smelly little suckling formula is not really an issue for me. As you long as you feed the kid so we don’t have to hear him cry, I’m good.
No mommy judgement in this post.
A wet nurse is someone who feeds your child from her own milk supply. Throughout history wet nurses have been employed with varying degrees of popularity. Since the production of formula, the popularity of the wet nurse has decreased, at least in America. In many developing societies milk nurses are still used.
Have you heard of a ‘cross nurse’?
It’s not to be confused with a cross dresser or a cantankerous woman. A cross nurse is a woman who feeds your child temporarily.
Say I was out shopping, got stuck in traffic, and my child is home with my nameless sister-in-law. My baby screams for food like she’s on the verge of starvation. My sister in-law fears for the health and well-being of her niece and suckles my child until I return, hence becoming a cross nurse.
My question to you is tri-fold.
What are your thoughts on the idea of a wet nurse?
Could you be a wet nurse?
Would you ever consider using the services of a wet nurse?
My friends I leave you to consider the weighty options of nourishment in our post-modern society. I expect your comments will be enlightening.
For the record, my sister-in-law has chosen an alternate career path, namely photography.
If you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant, you may consider purchasing one of these.
It’s a super-mom cape! No, it’s a breast-feeding tent, shield, blanket of modesty, etc. It’s really chic & vintagy. After seeing it, I almost started lactating.
I wonder where wet nurses advertise…