Definitions for wet nurse
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a woman hired to suckle another's infant.
Origin of wet nurse:
to act as a wet nurse to (an infant).
to give excessive care or attention to.
Origin of wet-nurse:
wet nurse, wet-nurse, wetnurse, amah(verb)
a woman hired to suckle a child of someone else
breastfeed, suckle, suck, nurse, wet-nurse, lactate, give suck(verb)
give suck to
"The wetnurse suckled the infant"; "You cannot nurse your baby in public in some places"
A woman hired to suckle another woman's child.
Someone who treats someone else with excessive care.
To act as a wet nurse (in either sense.)
a nurse who suckles a child, especially the child of another woman. Cf. Dry nurse
A wet nurse is a woman who breast feeds and cares for another's child. Wet nurses are employed when the mother is unable or chooses not to nurse the child herself. Wet-nursed children may be known as "milk-siblings", and in some cultures the families are linked by a special relationship of milk kinship. Mothers who nurse each other's babies are engaging in a reciprocal act known as cross-nursing or co-nursing.
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