This book examines wet nursing in America from the colonial period to the twentieth century.
Table of ContentsAcknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Public discourse and private relations: wet nursing in Colonial America; 2. The new motherhood and the new view of wet nurses, 1780–1865; 3. Finding 'just the right kind of woman': the urban wet nurse marketplace, 1830–1900; 4. 'Victims of distressing circumstances': the wet nurse labor force and the offspring of wet nurses, 1860–1910; 5. Medical oversight and medical dilemmas: the physician and the wet nurse, 1870–1910; 6. 'Obliged to have wet nurses': relations in the private household, 1870–1925; 7. 'Therapeutic merchandise': human milk in the twentieth century; Epilogue. From commodity to gift.
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