Would you breastfeed your sister's baby?

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Would you breastfeed your sister's baby?
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Sun, 03-31-2013 - 8:27am

We breast-feed each other’s children
 Sisters who share extraordinary and intimate bond

Sisters Bunty Rowe, 25, and 30-year-old Kyle Aldridge, are unfazed by the controversy and say wet-nursing is “completely natural”.

 The pair from Cam, Gloucs, say breast-feeding each other’s kids is “as normal as brushing their teeth”.

 Bunty, a student midwife, says: “It’s so practical and convenient. If one of us needs to go out, we’re able to use each other’s resources.

 “Wet-nursing gives us freedom. It can be quite an ordeal to have to leave your children when they’re little but with my sister Kyle in charge I don’t have to worry.

 “I know if my baby cries it will be picked up and fed.”

Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/woman/4842388/sisters-who-breast-feed-each-others-children.html

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Wed, 04-10-2013 - 2:12pm

I would have no problem nursing a sister's or friend's baby if asked - but I have to admit I wouldn't be as comfortable with someone nursing my babies. Some of it is that I simply don't share well - and the idea of someone else being that intinimate with my child bothers me - a lot.

Another is that people often do not worry as much as I do about drugs (OTC & recreational), smoking, alcohol, diet and allergens, sexual partners, risk of disease, etc. There seems to be such a casual attitude in general - and while it may not make that much difference to the breast milk in reality - after much research, I think that it does. So I was as careful as I could be while breastfeeding.

Perfect? Of course not, but I did my best. I knew the risks I was taking when I nursed my babies - but I could not know the risks another breastfeeding mom might be taking with her child. It's quite possible she is even more careful than I was - but most of the time, I found the mothers I knew were not.

However in an emergency, my concerns about formula usage would over-ride my concerns about their diet, etc. and my uncomfortableness of someone else nursing my baby. I would rather they go ahead and nurse, than for my baby to cry in hunger - if I could not be there.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-20-2008
Wed, 04-10-2013 - 12:35pm
I have no problem with the idea of breastfeeding a sister's, aunt's, cousin's, or even a friend's baby, or having one of them do so for my baby, if ever need be. I would get permission before doing so and would expect the same of them but have no problem in principle with cross-nursing. I think that in general BM from another mom is still better then formula.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 02-20-2013
Mon, 04-01-2013 - 1:00pm

witch_power wrote:
<p><strong>We breast-feed each other’s children </strong><br /><strong> Sisters who share extraordinary and intimate bond</strong></p><p>Sisters Bunty Rowe, 25, and 30-year-old Kyle Aldridge, are unfazed by the controversy and say wet-nursing is “completely natural”. <br /><br /> The pair from Cam, Gloucs, say breast-feeding each other’s kids is “as normal as brushing their teeth”. <br /><br /> Bunty, a student midwife, says: “It’s so practical and convenient. If one of us needs to go out, we’re able to use each other’s resources. <br /><br /> “Wet-nursing gives us freedom. It can be quite an ordeal to have to leave your children when they’re little but with my sister Kyle in charge I don’t have to worry. <br /><br /> “I know if my baby cries it will be picked up and fed.”<br /><br />Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/woman/4842388/sisters-who-breast-feed-each-others-children.html</p>

I don't have a sister, so I can't imagine having a bond like that with a family member to where we would just nurse each other's kids like it was nothing. I can imagine doing it if I was babysitting and ran out of bottles and I knew my sister didn't want me to use formula. And I'd call her first. While I agree with the poster above who said that mother's milk is perfect for her baby, breastmilk from another mother would still IMO be better for the baby than formula.

Shaking my head at the things grown women get their panties in a wad about.

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-01-2002
Mon, 04-01-2013 - 12:09pm

No. Breastmilk is the body's response to what an infant needs:

"Breast milk is an amazing substance – it changes from feeding to feeding, day to day, and is different for every mother. Your milk is perfect for your baby. Your body will make milk that meets the needs of your baby."

http://www.breastfeedingpartners.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=19&Itemid=156