I saw a question posted on one of my posts. This was the question,
"I see a lot of women saying they really want to wet nurse and are excited about wet nursing. Can anyone make me understand why it's exciting to nurse someone else's child?"
So it got me thinking, why is wet nursing appealing to some. I have listed ten reasons as to why wet nursing appeals to some moms.
Before the development of baby formulas in the 20th century, when a mother was unable to breastfeed her baby, the baby's life was put in danger if a wet nurse was not available. A wet nurse is a woman who breastfeeds and cares for another's child. Keep in mind that, before the invention of bottles and formula, wet nursing was the safest and most common alternative to the natural mother's breastmilk. So the only thing that has changed, is the invention of formula and bottles.
1.) It's an honor
2.) Knowing that you're giving another child the best possible nourishment is exciting.
3.) I worked so hard to make sure my baby only gets breastmilk and I am ecstatic at the thought of being able to help provide the same for another!
4.) I'd be happy to help a mom sleep a few hours by breastfeeding her newborn. Sleep is precious, especially the first few weeks.
5.) Some babies refuse synthetic nipples so I would love to be able to step in to give mama a much needed break.
6.) I enjoy breastfeeding my own baby, so why wouldn't I enjoy breastfeeding another? Giving them nourishment, love, and comfort in a way that only a mother/woman can, It's a beautiful thing to share.
7.) I would be excited to do so because you're supplying nourishment and life from your own body into the life of a tiny human being that isn't even yours and not many people can do that.
8.) If a baby is hungry, and I can feed the child, I'm going to, its food.
9.) Because breastmilk is amazing and I make plenty for my own baby, so why not share this amazing gift with another?
10.) Women have wet nursed since the beginning of time, I do not find it weird or taboo, I find it normal, it's as simple as that.