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Wet Nursing: A Historical Review and Its Ideal Characteristics

Zilal, Saari and Farahwahida, Mohd Yusof and Arieff Salleh, Rosman and Tamar Jaya, Nizar and Siti Norlina, Muhamad and Shahrel Ahmad, Shuhel Ahmad (2016) Wet Nursing: A Historical Review and Its Ideal Characteristics. PERINTIS eJournal, 6 (1). pp. 1-13.

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Breastfeeding and wet nursing have been synonymous since ancient times. Each civilization has carved out its own history regarding wet nursing. This article overviews the historical aspect on how wet nursing began and survived the times and briefly look at it from the perspective of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Also included are factors affecting wet nursing services, that is, social class; occupation; maternal debility; family and friendship ties; as well as myths and taboos. The characteristics of an ideal wet nurse are also discussed from the physical aspects; milk; nutrition; emotion; morality and behaviour. The selection of wet nurse in the form of physical, milk and nutrition are easier to identified. At the same time, characteristics of morality and behaviour is more important to ensure that the life of an infant becomes more pleasant. It is generally believed that children inherit physical and mental features from the source of the milk they consume. Thus, parents are advised to be more mindful in selecting a wet nurse.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Breastfeedings; wet nursing; Islam; al-Quran; Characteristics of an ideal wet nursing
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Faculty/Division: Centre For Modern Languages and Human Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs. Neng Sury Sulaiman
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2017 01:20
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2017 04:03
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