what about wetnursing?

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what about wetnursing?
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Mon, 05-26-2003 - 4:23pm
Now so many mothers have to go back to work after a baby, maybe there is a need for wet nursing to return to our societies? WHO guidlines that breast is best, and the farce and inconvenience of expressing milk for use during daycare, may open the doors for childcare facilities to provide wetnursing if parents want it. Or a wetnurse could be a trained childcare worker, and work from her home. She'd have to have health screening of course, and follow healthy eating guidelines.

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!

Jenny


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Registered: 05-08-2003
Mon, 05-26-2003 - 4:32pm
Aboslutely not, no way for any of my babies would I use another's breastmilk at all, and especially not as a wet nurse.

Heck, I wouldn't even borrow a cleansed and sterile blood glucose monitor for our local hospital for fear there could be the slighest (ever so slight I know, but still) chance it may have someone's blood in there! I feel the exact same way about breastmilk, ewww!

And since I have no desire to even bf'd my own babies I give birth to I definately wouldn't want to be a wet nurse as a career (of course I'm a housewife for life so I dont want any kind of outside work lol).

Bfing is a very intimiate bonding relationship with your child and I would not want that experience to be had by another woman with my baby!

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Registered: 03-31-2003
Mon, 05-26-2003 - 5:09pm
Sorry, but as a ff'er I find it somewhat repulsive. Why should I depend on somebody else feeding my child when formula is a very safe and nutritious alternative?

Maybe a bf'er would feel differently (I'm not one so I don't know).

Just the idea of my child consuming someone else's bodily fluids makes me say "ewww".

Jeanie

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Registered: 05-08-2003
Mon, 05-26-2003 - 5:36pm
Repulsive! That is THE word I was looking for and pregnant brain couldn't think of it. Thank you!

Consuming (or touching even) another's body fluids freaks me out, really freaks me out LOL

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Registered: 05-08-2003
Mon, 05-26-2003 - 5:37pm
I also would never eat or drink after anyone (other than my dh) and won't let my children eat/drink after anyone (other than mommy or daddy). I find this in the same line.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 05-26-2003 - 6:31pm
I do donate, and would use donated pooled banked milk, or milk from a close friend, in a heartbeat, long before turning to formula, if I were able to get it!

I have donated to a close friend, nursed another one at the breast, and am planning on carrying 100 oz to the only bank left in Canada, in Vancouver, next month when I visit.

fio.

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Mon, 05-26-2003 - 6:33pm
Ditto everything you said! Hey, great minds think alike, eh? Lol!

Jeanie

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Mon, 05-26-2003 - 6:34pm
So do you think that breastmilk ranks up there with snot, urine, feces, saliva etc.?

I think that just the fact that one would label it as a "bodily fluid" shows much more about one's thoughts, and is repulsive in and of itself, than anything else.

Yes, it is a fluid that comes from the body, but it is truely like no other.

Fio.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 05-26-2003 - 6:35pm
If your DH was really interested in nursing your baby, and were able to produce milk, would you think he should have a go at it?

Fio.

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Mon, 05-26-2003 - 6:36pm
Not a fan of wetnurses. Wouldn't do it with my children. But, as I stated in the post below I would accept the donated breastmilk of my bestfriend. I wouldn't want her to nurse my child......but I'd take her milk;) In a heartbeat.


christine


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Mon, 05-26-2003 - 6:37pm
There are milk DONORS. My son (a preemie) was taken via emergency flight for life to a larger hospital with a NICU/PICU department the night he was born and I was unable to be with him for 3 days (I had an emergency c section and couldn't leave for 48 hours). The PICU ward isisted he eat while I was not there and there was NO WAY we wanted him to have formula so we were given the donor milk option- and what a wonderful option it is! Baylor thrived because of it. Hmmmm- but a wetnurse? Luckily I don't have to make a decision like that and get to stay home and breast feed my babe myself! ;)

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