The wet nurse
supported the coverlet with her while the priest with a goose feather anointed the boy's little red and wrinkled soles and palms.
Despite these objections, the lack of hygienic bottles, suitable infant formula, and proper food sterilisation techniques (to allow for storage of breastmilk) left feeding via wet nurse
as the only safe alternative to a mother's own breastmilk for centuries.
In those pre-infant formula days, the alternative to maternal milk was tinned condensed milk, or the milk of a wet nurse
, which was not only expensive but also just as risky because the wet nurse
herself could, unknowingly, be a beriberi carrier.
Umm Haram is the wet nurse
of Prophet Mohammed, who fell off her horse and died at the spot where she was later buried during the first Arab raids of Cyprus between 647AD and 649AD.
Couple ban mum from breastfeeding publicly at their wedding - forcing her to use a wet nurse
Desperate for employment, Lilli is hired as a wet nurse
for a wealthy family, at the financial and emotional expense of boarding her own daughter, with catastrophic results.
The husband of the wet nurse
is considered the 'cause' of the milk involved.
What strikes one the most is the scrupulous thoroughness in which the investigations were conducted--evidence was weighed very carefully, as in the case of the infant allegedly strangled by his wet nurse
(Case 5), and each inconsistency in testimony is ironed out in subsequent interrogations.
While 54% wouldn't want someone else feeding their child, one in 25 has wet nursed someone else's child and 13% would rather use a wet nurse
Of course there are the rich urban mums who can afford to hire midwives and wet nurses
. In the States, for instance a wet nurse
will set you back $1,000 a week.
When Mina has difficulty breast-feeding, Ari becomes a modern-day wet nurse
. The friendship gives Ari new purpose and creates a community of motherhood--albeit just the two of them--that she's been seeking.
The Arrival of Vasco da Gama retells the story of the Portuguese explorer coming to India Image Credit: The Cloud Battle Ravana abducting Sita Image Credit: The Betrayal Kaikeyi with her wet nurse
Image Credit: Intrigue, the chess game from Avega - the passion; Kaikeyi with King Dashrath Image Credit: By Jyoti KalsiSpecial to Weekend Review