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there was an article about wet nurses in Time magazine this week. I didn't see anything about it here (sorry if it was posted before) just thought I'd share, so those interested could check it out. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:<br><br><a href="http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1612710,00.html" target="_blank">http://www.time.com/time/magazine/ar...612710,00.html</a>
 

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sorry mamas for double posting.<br><br>
I just saw the other post with the same link further down the page.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:
 

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That is the sweetest picture ever! Love the hand in the shirt and adoring gaze.<br><br>
And I'm bummed I didn't know a modern woman could make $1,000 a week as a wet nurse. I always used to joke that I wished I could quit my job and become a wet nurse.
 

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My friends and I were discussing this in depth!<br><br>
The only question my friend raised was that do you think the milk composition of a woman who has nursed for so long would be adequate in fat content etc for a newborn? I want to research it further.
 

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I wouldn't be at all surprised to find that the fat content increased with the increased frequency of nursing.<br><br>
At any rate a not perfectly meant for the baby substance that developed antibodies as the baby needed them has got to be better than a not perfectly meant for the baby substance that doesn't change at all. (Although, why *don't* they have newborn ABM?)
 

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Wow, what a great article. How refreshing that there were no "Tut, tut" type quotes from health professionals.
 

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I know I would personally not do this. Communal breastfeeding sounds a little icky to me. Even the LLL brought up the transition of viruses. I guess if it's somebody you trust, ok, but I think that a mother would be better off bonding with her own child even if it meant using a bottle. That's just me.
 

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the idea of someone using a wet nurse because they are sick or take meds that mean they <b>can't</b> BF or something...that seems completely understandable to me, and i applaud that. (or on the other hand, you could just buy the breast milk and bottlefeed it to the baby, but that's another story.)<br><br>
but women who're just "too busy" with their careers to BF, so they hire someone 24/7 to do it for them...i think it's creepy, personally, especially given the racial and class politics that become involved--which the article alludes to. you end up with all these rich white "career" women hiring minorities to be "on tap" for their babies. it creeps me out, sorry.<br><br>
i don't get it. if the mom knows BF is important and crucial, why not do it herself? i mean, don't people want to feed their own kids?<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:
 

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I found this article. It's from 2005 but I thought it was pertinent to what a pp said "Don't women want to feed their own children?"<br><br><a href="http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2005-03/21/content_426865.htm" target="_blank">http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/english...ent_426865.htm</a>
 

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This is how I could fund my later years. Wet Nurse! Once I'm done nursing my babies, I'm sure I could nurse other people's babies. What a great idea!
 
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