A Social History of Wet Nursing in America: From Breast to Bottleby JANET GOLDEN
Pub. Date: 01/28/2001
Publisher: Ohio State University Press
A Social History of Wet Nursing in the United States: From Breast to Bottle examines the intersection of medical science, social theory, and cultural practices as they shaped relations among wet nurses, physicians, and families from the colonial period through the twentieth century. It explores how Americans used wet nursing to solve infant feeding problems, why wet nursing became controversial as motherhood slowly became medicalized, and how the development of scientific infant feeding eliminated wet nursing early in the twentieth century.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements; 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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