Big Mama

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Big Mama

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Big Mama

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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 elects not to nurse the child herself.

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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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A woman can only act as a wet-nurse if she is lactating. It was once believed that a wet-nurse must have recently undergone childbirth.

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This is not necessarily the case, as regular breast suckling can elicit lactation via a neural reflex of prolactin production and secretion.

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Some adoptive mothers have been able to establish lactation using a breast pump so that they could feed an adopted infant.

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By the 19th century, Americans adopted the practice of having wet nurses live with the employers in order to nurse and care for their charges. This practice had the effect of increasing the death rate for wet nurses' own, biological infants.

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In the Southern United States, it was common practice for enslaved Black women to be forced to be wet nurses to their owner’s children.

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In some instances, the enslaved child and the owner’s child would be raised together in their younger years.

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Visual representations of wet-nursing practices in enslaved communities are most prevalent in representations of the Mammy archetype caricatureImages such as the one here represent both a historically accurate practice of enslaved Black women wet-nursing their owner’s white children as well as sometimes an exaggerated racist caricaturization of a stereotype of enslaved Black women as “Mammy” characters.

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