Tuesday’s Tastes on Second Base: Wet Nursing

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I am enjoying every single moment of having a little nursling again.  I even love those middle of the night nursing sessions because the house is so quiet and I get to enjoy that closeness of just me and my baby girl.  When the lactation consultant came to visit me and Willow while I was still in the hospital she asked how long I had breastfed Alleigh and Kaelyn then what my breastfeeding goal is for Willow.  I told her that I had nursed Alleigh to twelve months, Kaelyn to thirteen months, and my goal is to nurse Willow to eighteen months unless she self weans earlier, but to a year minimum.  Since breastfeeding is such a huge part of my life right now I have decided to join two of my bloggy friends, Mama on a Green Mission & Joy of Momma Joyner by linking up with their weekly meme – Tuesday’s Tastes on Second Base.

Each week there will be a new topic regarding breastfeeding and I will share my thoughts and opinions on that topic with all my readers.

TOPIC:  Wet Nursing
A wet nurse is a woman who breast feeds and cares for another’s child.  Wet nurses are employed when the mother is unable or chooses not to nurse the child herself.  The picture to the bottom left depicts the future King Louis XIV as an infant and his wet nurse.220px-Louis_XIV_and_his_nurse

I’ve been pondering the best way to approach this topic and so I figure the easiest way would be to discuss my feelings on having someone be a wet nurse for my child and me acting as a wet nurse for someone else.

I have been very blessed to be a super producer of breast milk…. to the point of it almost being too much.  Seriously, I think I could successfully feed twins or triplets with no problem whatsoever.  Anyhow… with the crazy amounts of milk I produce I have never even had to think about supplementing, using donated breast milk, or hiring a wet nurse.  However, even if I could not produce enough breast milk I do not think I would be comfortable having someone else nurse my child.  As a mom I feel that is my job to feed my child and I would not like to let anyone else take that role away from me.  And so if it came down to needing to use donated breast milk I would prefer it to be pumped and I would then bottle feed my child myself.

And as for me being a wet nurse for someone else….. I just don’t think I could do it.  For me there is much more to breast feeding than just the physical act of providing nourishment to the child.  It is a bonding experience that brings me closer to my child than anyone else ever could be.  I have always felt a deep emotional connection to my children when nursing them and their eyes lock with mine.  I just think I would feel extremely uncomfortable doing that for a stranger’s child.  I would however be completely open to pumping and donating milk to be used by another person’s child.

What are your thoughts?  Would you feel comfortable with someone else nursing your child or nursing someone else’s child?  Leave me a comment below and let me know.

And please be respectful of everyone’s opinions including mine.

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6 Responses to Tuesday’s Tastes on Second Base: Wet Nursing

  1. Jessica Hilton says:

    I totally agree with you 100%! Love this new weekly topic by the way!

  2. April G says:

    I definitely understand where you are coming from! Nursing is very intimate and I, too, love those moments of bonding with my baby. You are right – it is a blessing to have an overabundance of milk for your little ones. I have stressed in the past about supply issues and that’s no fun but if I ever needed to supplement I would try my best to find a milk donor and feed with bottle too. Thanks for linking up! 🙂

  3. Megan S says:

    Not having been blessed with little ones YET, I’ve not had the knowing pleasure of beastfeeding. My brests are smaller to begin with so I worry that I man not be ABLE to have that close connection.
    BTW, do they still hire Wet-nurses???

  4. Shakeeta W says:

    I’m on the other side of the fence and I would do it. I definitely understand the bonding that you feel while nursing but I would feel that same bond with any child I’m nursing because I know that I’m providing them with the absolute best nutrition 🙂

  5. Anna W says:

    I am the same as you, I had so much milk I was literally pumping and dumping just to relieve the pain and pressure of being engorged for the over 6 months. I am very interested in this topic, if I knew at the time about milk banks I would of loved to donate. Being a wet nurse would be an amazing opportunity as long as the mother of the child was 100% on board with no regrets I would do it. But then on the other hand having someone else nurse my children I don’t think I would be able to go through with it. Great post I enjoyed reading it and others opinions.

  6. Yolanda Flores says:

    I was not able to breastfeed but my daughter plans to. She has an adventure ahead of her

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