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a woman hired to suckle a child of someone else

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Women's views on wet nursing and milk siblinghood: an example from Turkey.
Peninsular writers railed against the practice of wet nursing in order to advance the argument that throughout Spanish America, one encounters hordes of effeminate and infantile creoles, incapable of governing themselves as fully rational adults, given that their constitution has been weakened by the inferior quality milk offered to them by their low-caste nursemaids.
4) Within the New World context beginning around 1770--several decades after Ordenanzas was written--the Spanish crown began to implement a series of edicts which, among other legislation aimed at its child subjects, gave royal courts increased jurisdiction over domestic matters, while establishing policies for wet nursing practices and the care of foundlings (Premo, "Misunderstood" 232).
A Social History of Wet Nursing in America: From Breast to Bottle, Columbus: Ohio State University Press.
Southerners accepted cross-racial wet nursing as pragmatic, just as early settlers had turned to Native American wet nurses in times of need.
Late nineteenth-century Chilean doctors, like their counterparts elsewhere in Latin America and Europe, spilled considerable ink condemning wet nursing as a cause of infant mortality because employment as nurses prompted poor mothers to abandon their own children.
She is concerned, as she explains, with collective fantasies rather than individual case histories that ignore the great differences between modern and early modern households: the putting out of infants, wet nursing, strict hierarchies including servants as well as children, and market labor carried out in large workshop households consisting of a master and his wife, apprentices, and young women workers, rather than nuclear families.
Historical research about breastfeeding is hindered by the fact that there are almost no records of breastfeeding or wet nursing.
A brief history of wet nursing clobbers the bourgeoisie while the historical Morisot, the nonpareil of bourgeois advantage, evaporates into the thin air of Nochlin's mythomania.
But the World Health Organisation said wet nursing was, after expressed milk, the best replacement for direct breastfeeding.
Historians who have studied the history of infant feeding in the United States have either focused solely on the formulation of artificial foods and ignored the use of wet nurses when a mother did not breastfeed(7) or used the history of wet nursing to examine, among other things, changes in attitudes toward breast milk rather than changes in attitudes toward maternal breastfeeding.
Wet nursing is a well-established way of giving priority to babies' health.
This fascinating and well-researched book traces the history of wet nursing in America from the colonial era to the twentieth century.
Those Parisians most likely to seek out children for adoption came instead from the middling ranks of the city's population whose family lives were much more open to the creation of "fictive" kin relations through the experiences of wet nursing, apprenticeship and god parenthood.