Would you become a wet nurse / use a wet nurse?

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Would you become a wet nurse / use a wet nurse?
Sun, 06-05-2011 - 2:56pm

I came across a place that offers jobs for wet nurses:


and I wondered - would you become a wet nurse? If you didn't currently have a baby, would you bring in a milk supply, just to become a wet nurse?

Would you use a wet nurse, if you were unable to provide breast milk for your baby?

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-20-2008
Unless I was in desperate need for work, I doubt i would consider wet nursing as a profession. I don't however have any objections to nursing in and of itself. Now as far as me hiring a wetnurse, i might consider only if I couldn't BF myself and decide it was the best way too get my baby breastmilk, especially if my baby was in a higher risk category due to health issues or whatever. I'd likely consider using EBM first but could consider wet nursing in some cases. For example, If I was working and had a nanny who was nursing here won child, I might also agree to having her nurse mime as part of her duties when I was at work, say if I was ready to give up pumping at work. It would have her pass some health checks and such of course. it's hard to say definitively what I might do in this case but I can say that I'm not outright against the idea of wet nursing. I'll admit I likely would be somewhat uncomfortable with another mother nursing my child for most feeds from a binding/psychological perspective though under the right circumstances I could likely put that aside if I felt it was in the best interest healthwise for my child.


iVillage Member
Registered: 04-22-2005

I would have no problem with someone else nursing my baby or with nursing someone else's baby, though the latter is not something that I would specifically set out to do.

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-24-2008
Sun, 06-05-2011 - 10:34pm
No and no.
"The key to good decision making is not knowledge. It is understanding."
Malcolm Gladwell Blink

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-02-2006
Mon, 06-06-2011 - 10:16pm

Would I become a wet nurse?

2010 Siggy
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-13-2008

If this was a situation where you were doing this in the daytime while the mother was working, and you could take your own baby along, I would be happy to do it.