what about wetnursing?
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|Mon, 05-26-2003 - 4:23pm|
I opened this debate on the childcare debate board and thought the intelligent and vocalladies here might like to have a say.
A baby drinking another woman's milk might sound odd, but women have been donating milk to special care baby units for years. Would you consider wet nursing as a career? How would you feel about your baby being wet-nursed while you are at work? Is it a service you would want? How about mums who couldn't breastfeed but wanted their babies to benfit from breast milk? Would they want to use this service? If a baby was vulnerable their paediatrician might even prescribe a wet nurse ie if they became intolerant of formula, or suffered severe allergies, or had especially weak immune systems.
I think its a great idea. I'd be happy to be a wet nurse, and I'd be happy to use one. It might feel wierd at first, but if I had to work, it would be a weight off my mind knowing my baby was getting the best nutrition available. I'd know my baby wouldn't have feeding problems either while I was away from her, because I know breastfed babies can get very angry about teats and bottles. It wouldn't mean the end of breastfeeding for me either, because I'd feed her myself when she was with me.
I'm really curious how people will react to this idea!