Is Cross-Nursing an Example of the Trickle Down Theory?

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Cross-nursing, breastfeeding a baby other than your own, is on the rise, according to an editor of Babytalk magazine who appeared on Good Morning America.

Though it was not uncommon in the 1920s to use a wet nurse when a mother wasn’t able to breastfeed, this is not a category we expect to see posted on Craigslist these days. In a poll done by the magazine, 45 percent of respondents said they find cross-nursing “disgusting” or “weird,” which is a marked contrast to response to the Chinese policewoman who nursed nine babies after the earthquake and was seen as a national hero.

Is the re-emergence of nursing another woman’s baby an example of the trickle down theory? A spin-off from the more widespread practice of cross-nursing another woman’s husband?

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