From the colonial period through to the 20th century, this text examines the intersection of medical science, social theory and cultural practices as they shaped relations among wet nurses, physicians and families. It explores how Americans used wet nursing to solve infant feeding problems, shows why wet nursing became controversial as motherhood slowly became medicalized, and elaborates how the development of scientific infant feeding eliminated wet nursing by the beginning of the 20th century. Janet Golden's study contributes to our understanding of the cultural authority of medical science, the role of physicians in shaping child rearing practices, the social construction of motherhood, and the profound dilemmas of class and culture that played out in the private space of the nursery.It is no longer a commodity sold by working-class women, but has become, instead, a gift. And it is given not in the ... 1 This analysis of human milk as gift is drawn from Richard Titmussa#39;s classic study of blood donation. Richard M. Titmuss , Theanbsp;...
|Title||:||A Social History of Wet Nursing in America|
|Publisher||:||Ohio State University Press - 2001|