Evidence the Church Pushed Wet Nursing?
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This is an article with no references that accuses "the Church" of pushing wet nursing to prevent nursing mothers from having sex (supposedly having sex while lactating is now a form of birth control, the author must not be aware of women who start back on their periods rather soon after birth, even while nursing).  Is there any evidence of this?  I've read quite a bit of medieval practices regarding child-rearing, breastfeeding, family life, sex, etc. and never ran into this supposed attitude of the Church toward breastfeeding mothers and sex.

Quote: Before wet-nursing died a slow, rubber-nipple-assisted death, it was common practice across Europe for centuries, especially in Catholic countries like France. Why there? At least in part because the Catholic Church effectively encouraged people to use wet nurses. Since lactation was a form of birth control, the Church, which taught that the only legitimate purpose of sex was procreation, frowned on intercourse for as long as a woman was nursing. The prohibition was, not surprisingly, widely ignored. But there was a way to comply with it: If a woman stopped nursing altogether and hired a wet nurse, it would be impossible for her to violate the ban—or to be suspected of violating the ban. Having mothers not nurse was the only way the church could be sure that mothers were not having sex while nursing. It was a very clever doctrinal end-run, as long as everyone involved avoided thinking too hard about the sex lives of the wet nurses.



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(08-31-2019, 01:01 AM)mpk1987 Wrote: This is an article with no references that accuses "the Church" of pushing wet nursing to prevent nursing mothers from having sex (supposedly having sex while lactating is now a form of birth control, the author must not be aware of women who start back on their periods rather soon after birth, even while nursing).  Is there any evidence of this?  I've read quite a bit of medieval practices regarding child-rearing, breastfeeding, family life, sex, etc. and never ran into this supposed attitude of the Church toward breastfeeding mothers and sex.

Quote: Before wet-nursing died a slow, rubber-nipple-assisted death, it was common practice across Europe for centuries, especially in Catholic countries like France. Why there? At least in part because the Catholic Church effectively encouraged people to use wet nurses. Since lactation was a form of birth control, the Church, which taught that the only legitimate purpose of sex was procreation, frowned on intercourse for as long as a woman was nursing. The prohibition was, not surprisingly, widely ignored. But there was a way to comply with it: If a woman stopped nursing altogether and hired a wet nurse, it would be impossible for her to violate the ban—or to be suspected of violating the ban. Having mothers not nurse was the only way the church could be sure that mothers were not having sex while nursing. It was a very clever doctrinal end-run, as long as everyone involved avoided thinking too hard about the sex lives of the wet nurses.



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Don’t expect Slate to publish anything that views the Church favorably.
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(08-31-2019, 01:01 AM)mpk1987 Wrote: This is an article with no references that accuses "the Church" of pushing wet nursing to prevent nursing mothers from having sex (supposedly having sex while lactating is now a form of birth control, the author must not be aware of women who start back on their periods rather soon after birth, even while nursing).  Is there any evidence of this?  I've read quite a bit of medieval practices regarding child-rearing, breastfeeding, family life, sex, etc. and never ran into this supposed attitude of the Church toward breastfeeding mothers and sex.

Or, maybe, you know, not every woman is capable of producing high-quality or enough milk, especially in an age where having enough to eat was a huge concern for most of the population, and in an age before formula, not having breast milk meant the child died.


(08-31-2019, 01:01 AM)mpk1987 Wrote: https://slate.com/

There's your problem.

If it's from Slate, Huffington Post, the Washington Post, or the New York Times, assume it's false until proven otherwise. If an article from one of those sites says the sky is blue, go outside to check. There are others, too; if it's a liberal-leaning site, it's highly likely anything about the Church is wrong, even more likely if it's about the mediaeval Church, and even more more likely if it's about sex.
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A load of bovine excrement! Basic logic fail, because if that was the case, the wet nurse would fall under the same strictures.wouldn't
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