(Closed) Breast feeding babies that aren’t yours.

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

Yeah, it seems gross to me at first too, but at this point breastfeeding my imaginary future children seems a little odd as well. I suppose, why not spread the love?

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

Wet nurses aren’t a new concept. Better than letting the kid starve, but in the usa, it’d probably not the best.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I suppose I might do it, but I’d probably prefer to pump if possible.  Think about it, we donate blood, so in a way isn’t it similar to breast milk? 

For real, though, when I saw this title, I immediately thought of the office where Pam is in the hospital after having her baby and she accidentally feeds the other baby in her room, lol.  It was pretty hilarious!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

@Jenny– I totally know what you mean! When I do breatfeeding teaching in the hospital, I always leave the room feeling like taping my chest down Mulan-style and wearing a sign that says “Get away from my tits!”

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Of course, I’m not anywhere near lactating, or even being pregnant but I think I could probably do it.  It doesn’t seem spectacularly weird to me.  As long as no diseases or the like can be transmitted, why not share the wealth?

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

It seems weird but if you think about it – why not?  They need it, you’ve got it.  It better than pump & dump.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I know it seems strange, but wouldn’t it be amazing to be in a situation like that and know that you have the ability to help that child? I think I would feel weird about it, but I would do it in situations like you described.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

It seems weird at first because people don’t really do that anymore… but when you really think about it I guess it’s not so weird.

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Ah, it totally weirds me out and grosses me out but at the same time makes logical sense. Then again, the idea of a stranger (even a baby) suckling off me doesn’t appeal to me and I’d opt to pump. You don’t know what diseases other babies have. I don’t even like to shake hands with strangers!! 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

If I was in a position to help a woman and her baby and they asked for my help, I would do it in a heartbeat. Not weird or gross at all.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I think part of the reason it may seem strange is because so much of the BFing talk out there today is about how much of a bonding experience it is, how it’s such an emotional thing for mother and baby, etc. so it may seem weird to have that bonding experience with someone else’s baby.*  However as others have mentioned that’s not really the way most people throughout history have looked at it.  For them, it was just food.  If for some reason it was hard/impossible for you to feel the baby, you just found someone else who could.  Especially since maternal death rates were so high in the past it would have been pretty common to take over feeding someone else’s baby for a while.

*not that this is what anyone else on this thread is saying, I’m just speaking generally.

Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

As a med professional I’d be worried about the health aspects of it..I mean, somebody else’s body fluids (albeit a baby) could enter my body if there is a crack or cut.

There are alot of diseases in other countries and I personally find this unsafe.  I certainly wouldn’t do it.  I’d help by opening my wallet and donating. 

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