It was mandated by the slave owner that only one breast could be used to feed the white child... If she switched up and let both black and white babies suckle from the same breast, she could be whipped. It was like then sharing the same water fountain. She wasn't a paid wet nurse who choose this profession. He was an enslaved woman who had to feed all the white babies first and her child last. So if milk went dry, they brought in another slave to feed his children.
Kaidan Chibusa Enoki: The ghostly tale of the wet nurse tree by Ito Seiu. This scroll shows the ghost holding the baby while standing under a waterfall at Juniso (where Tokyo's Shinjuku Chuo Park is now located).
Maia (sometimes written Matia) was the wet-nurse of the Ancient Egyptian king Tutankhamun. She is known from her rock-cut tomb found at Saqqara. Her tomb was discovered in 1996 by the French Egyptologist Alain Zivie. Maia bears the titles wet nurse of the king, educator of the god's body and great one of the harim. Nothing is known about Maia's parents and nothing else is known about Maia other than the information in the tomb. In the tomb Tutankhamun is shown sitting on Maia's lap and the…
Enslaved Black Woman in Iran, 1714 People from Eastern Africa were brought to Khuzistan in southwestern Iran to work in sugarcane plantations. Females were employed as wet nurses and nannies. Many also served as concubines; under Islamic law their own children, called khanazad (house-born), became members of the slaveholder's family.
"The Fashionable Mamma, - or - the Convenience of Modern Dress" by James Gillray, 1796. A satire both on current women's fashions, and on the newly fashionable custom of breastfeeding one's own baby instead of using a wet-nurse.