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(CBS Charlotte) — Earlier this week, Kourtney Kardashian mentioned wet nursing to her sister Kim Kardashian.
Kim’s response: “That’s disgusting.”
Wet nursing is when a woman breastfeeds another woman’s child.
Kim’s response is fairly typical among American moms-to-be or new mothers.
In fact, if a new mom accidentally breastfeeds the wrong baby at a U.S. Hospital, the story makes national news.
Wet nursing wasn’t always frowned upon in the U.S., and it is still a routine practice in many other countries.
So, what’s all the fuss about? Why do American mommies cry when their babies drink another mommies milk?
It’s likely that Kim’s response is less about the actual consumption of another mother’s breast milk, and more about the act of breastfeeding another mom’s child.
Many American mothers choose to breastfeed not only because of the nutritional content found in breast milk, but also because they develop a common bond with their child while nursing.
The thought of another mom developing that kind of bond with their baby is rather unsettling to American women.
Past that, most American mothers would rather give their baby milk made from infant formula (cow’s milk) than have someone else nurse their child.
In some instances though, premature babies are given donated breast milk during the first few month of life.
The donated milk is given to preemies through a feeding tube, and then eventually through a bottle.
Nationwide, donated breast milk has been credited for saving the lives of countless premature babies.
While wet nursing isn’t likely to make a comeback in America, it is important to remember that breast milk is the best possible source of nutrition for your baby.
-Nichole Jaworski, CBS Charlotte