But as well as feeding her niece Terra, one, Lee has also nursed the children of several friends. They include infants she has babysat for and babies of women she has met at a group for local mums. Breast-fed by her mum Michelle Cannon, 48, until her fifth birthday, Lee always felt it was the most natural way of nurturing children. Lee was pregnant with her second daughter, Amaryllis, two, when Rose stopped feeding, but was working as a nanny and breastfeeding the baby she was looking after at the time. Lee phoned his mum and asked outright if it was okay to breastfeed him, and she got the go-ahead. A spokesperson for La Leche League GB, said: "There is no research which shows that breastfeeding beyond infancy is in any way harmful.
But when it comes to the female breast and the various tasks it performs, things never fail to become inflammatory. He was having issues with the formula his previous sitter had given him and his issues resolved when formula was no longer necessary. And in certain scenarios, cross-nursing serves very little purpose. Throughout history , in fact, families have hired wet nurses to feed infants whose mothers were either not alive or not particularly interested in nursing. Breast-feeding was long considered unfashionable in aristocratic circles, and was usually outsourced to women of a lower status. Milk banks screen mothers for diseases and lifestyle choices like smoking and drinking , and so they provide the safest avenue for cross-nursing.
Human—animal breastfeeding has been practiced in many different cultures in many time periods. The practice of breastfeeding or suckling between humans and other species has gone in both directions: human females sometimes breastfeed young animals, and animals are used to suckle babies and children. Animals were used as substitute wet nurses for infants, particularly after the rise of syphilis increased the health risks of wet nursing. Goats and donkeys were widely used to feed abandoned babies in foundling hospitals in 18th- and 19th-century Europe. A wide variety of animals have been used for this purpose, including puppies, kittens, piglets and monkeys.
The first shadow figure crouched on all fours like a dog. The second figure—long-legged and spike heeled, Barbie-breasted and obviously pregnant—towered over the first and brandished a whip. Chains cuffed both figures to the rails.