Breastfeeding Someone Else’s Baby
Got (breast) milk? What do you think of the idea of a mother breastfeeding someone else's baby?
Before you give a quick response, here are some things to consider. It's been around for a very long time! Called wet nursing or cross-nursing, this practice is alive and well in other cultures! For those of you cringing at the thought of breastfeeding someone else's baby, imagine yourself a woman adopting an infant and wanting to breastfeed the child.
I support breastfeeding someone else's infant, but with some important safeguards in place. The donating mother must have followed strict lifestyle guidelines, like no drugs, no smoking pot or tobacco, no drinking, no colds or flu and the women go through a screening process to ensure that no diseases, such as HIV or hepatitis, are passed to the infant.
Breast milk is a bodily fluid, just like blood. Would you be willing to give your baby a blood transfusion without first having it tested? We approve of sharing blood, but I'm not sure what the majority of the medical community think about screened breast milk sharing. All things considered, do you think it's okay to breastfeed someone else's baby and would you nurse another mom's infant?