Random thought that came to mind as I was nursing in the middle of the night. LOL I, personally, would not be. I love nursing my babies, but I don't love nursing, if that makes sense. I don't think I would be able to be a wet nurse.
How about you?
Adina mama to B 4/06 and E 8/13/12 (on her due date!)
I think I could deal with the nursing part, but now that I'm past the baby/toddler stage with my own kids, I feel zero desire to be responsible for the overall care of babies or toddlers anymore. Are there wetnurses who only do the nursing, and none of the other care?
Every time I look after a baby and they cry I always wish I could just pacify them and my first instinct is always to snuggle them and nurse them. I don't of course but if a close friend or family said go for it than I totally would (if I had milk at the moment)!
But I would also totally relactate and wet nurse a baby if that baby lost it's mom and the dad wanted/needed breast milk/breast feeding for it. I
don't know if I'd be willing to do it as a full time job for just anyone though, it would have to be a really special case like above or just once in awhile for a friend.
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Historically wet nurses had limited or no time or milk for their own babies, who often died... not good. I wouldn't rule out nursing someone else's baby occasionally, but I don't think I'd want to do it on a regular basis. Nursing your own child and another, if done frequently, would be a really intense metabolic demand.
Nope. The act of breastfeeding gives me the willies and is difficult for me to tolerate. I'm willing to do it for my kids and would do it if the other option was a baby would starve, and I've donated milk. But I do not want to do any more nursing than I absolutely have to.
DD1 6/2009 DD2 5/1/2013-5/5/2013 (HIE) DS 3/2014
I have nursed my friend's baby when she was having problems nursing herself. It was a bittersweet moment for us since the baby didn't have problems nursing on me. I continued to pump and donate milk to her for several months. After DS2 was born, I pumped again and donated to a stranger on Eats on Feets, many great women there! I was talking to a woman from Saudi Arabia about nursing another woman's baby and she said that in her culture, the two children would be considered milk-siblings and related as family for life.