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spidermama Thu 30-Jun-05 17:41:32

Wouldn't it be great if you could look up a wet nurse in the Yellow Pages then go for a night out even when BF? They had wet nurses (women who'd BF your baby for you) in days of yore.
My mw told me if a woman has lactated she can do so again, even ten years down the line, just as long as a baby sucks for long enough. Has anyone heard of this?

Gillian76 Thu 30-Jun-05 17:43:34

I have heard of this, spidermama, but don't know anyone who has done it. Apparently there are even women who have BF their adopted babies.

alexsmum Thu 30-Jun-05 17:44:39

one of my ancestors was a wetnurse.apparently.

mandyc66 Thu 30-Jun-05 17:47:48

can you imagine feeding someone elses baby? much as I love bfing I wouldnt want to feed anyones baby but mine!

alexsmum Thu 30-Jun-05 17:48:03

there was actually an article about this in a baby magazine i read a while ago.a womans baby wasn't gaining weight and the clinic were pressuring her to give formula so her friend came round a couple of times a day and breastfed the baby.baby gained weight and the mum was really pleased because it meant she didn't have toi give formula.
found it a bit creepy personally.would rather give formula-its such an intimate thing-feeding a baby.

starlover Thu 30-Jun-05 17:48:40

someone on here who was b/f had a friend who was as well who offered to feed her baby!

Flamesparrow Thu 30-Jun-05 17:49:28

I'd breastfeed someone else's baby for them. Does that make me odd? (seriously asking that, not a stroppy type thing)

I think I'd rather mine on donated breast milk in a bottle though...

mandyc66 Thu 30-Jun-05 17:49:59

maybe in extreme situation...but no dont think so

mandyc66 Thu 30-Jun-05 17:51:06

I just think its such a personal thing. something so special between you and baby

giraffeski Thu 30-Jun-05 17:51:08

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spidermama Thu 30-Jun-05 17:51:53

My granny, now deceased, often told with great pride of how she fed a very sick baby to health while it's mum lay ill in hospital. Also I was once looking after my nephew and my sister was v. late back. Nephew going mental and wouldn't take anything so I BF'ed him. Felt odd at first but he was quiet and calm and then it felt completely natural. He was about 5 months old at the time.

mandyc66 Thu 30-Jun-05 17:52:21

surely you cant produce milk without having had a baby?

alexsmum Thu 30-Jun-05 17:52:23

no i don't think it makes you odd fs. thats just how you feel. i would find it easier to feed someone elses child than to have someone else feed my child iyswim?

spidermama Thu 30-Jun-05 17:52:44

Don't know how I'd feel about someone BFing mine. But if they were in distress and I wasn't around then I think I'd be glad.

beetroot Thu 30-Jun-05 17:53:08

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alexsmum Thu 30-Jun-05 17:53:17

spidermama how did your sister feel about that?

mandyc66 Thu 30-Jun-05 17:53:18

what did his mum think spider?

giraffeski Thu 30-Jun-05 17:53:20

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spidermama Thu 30-Jun-05 17:53:32

I think Giraff is right. I've heard you can too. Even men can. That's a whole 'nother can of worms.

Gillian76 Thu 30-Jun-05 17:53:39

I'd have thought the baby would think it odd. Is a breast just a breast? Don't you smell differently or something? I suppose I might do it, depending on the circumstances.

spidermama Thu 30-Jun-05 17:54:38

I felt nervous telling sister in case she was weirded out but she hugged me and said, thanks. You're so generous.' I was really glad.

starlover Thu 30-Jun-05 17:55:23

women can certainly b'f even without having a baby. people who adopt can b/f their babies.

mandyc66 Thu 30-Jun-05 17:56:15

maybe we just want to think WE are special to our babies..but it looks like they will just take it from anyone
Although when I weaned mine he wouldnt be fed from anyone else and that was off a spoon not a boob!!!

spidermama Thu 30-Jun-05 17:56:29

My nephew looked at me for about two seconds then thought - 'Gimme Milk!' The fact he was screaming in distress was a big motivating factor, as you can imagine.
Women do it in communes of course.

mandyc66 Thu 30-Jun-05 17:57:17

well I didnt know that. I thought you produced milk when u had a baby!!!

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