Caroline asked in Society & CultureRoyalty ยท 7 years ago

Who was the last British monarch to be breastfed by a wet-nurse?

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    Most probably the last British monarch to be suckled by a wet nurse was George VI, the father of Elizabeth II. "Queen Victoria did not breastfeed any of her children, and evidence exists that wet nursing continued through Queen Victoria's reign and beyond (Rosen, 2008, para. 11), so Mary of Teck would have most probably employed wet nurses as well. However, "by 1900, the once highly organized wet-nursing profession was extinct" (Stevens, 2009, para. 16). Technology had simply put the wet nurse out of business: By 1912, rubber nipples were easy to clean, and cow's milk could be stored safely in an icebox (Stevens, 2009, para. 28). Thus, the Duchess of York, the former Lady Elizabeth Bowes Lyon, would not have needed to employ a wet nurse--nor could she necessarily find one by 1926--if she was unwilling or unable to breast feed her daughter herself. Elizabeth II had a nursery nanny and a nursemaid looked after her (Smith, 2012, pp.13-14). Both of these individuals could have fed Princess Elizabeth without employing a wet nurse. It wasn't until much later that medical science discovered that human breast milk furnished certain benefits that bottle feeding didn't give children.

    Source(s): Rosen, B. (2008, August 11). Wet-nursing in Victorian England. Victorian History. Retrieved from http://vichist.blogspot.com/2008/08/wet-nursing-in... Smith, S. B. (2012). Elizabeth the Queen. Random House, pp.14-15. Retrieved from Amazon.com Stevens, Emily E., Portrick, T. E., & Rickler A. (2009). A history of infant feeding. Journal of Perinatal Education. 18(2)L 32-39. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC268404...
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    6 years ago

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  • nosdda
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    7 years ago

    You have the wrong idea of wet nurse. A wet nurse does not breast feed a baby because she has no milk. It is the Mother who can only breast feed the child. A wet nurse is responsible for changing the baby's diaper, and bathing the child. Some wet nurses are in their late 60's so how is it possible for them to breast fed a baby.

    • Betsy6 years agoReport

      You must be thinking of a "nanny. Wet nurse were hired to nurse the baby! They usually took care of diaper/bathing duties, as well. Also, Elizabeth II was nursed by the "Queen Mum" and nursed her own children. Queen Victoria used wet nurses and was horrified that her daughters breastfed.

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  • 7 years ago

    William the Conqueror was almost certainly fed by a wet nurse.

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Who does even care or think about it you dork

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  • 7 years ago

    Edward VII ,HIS MOTHER HATED HIM FROM BIRTH,and for the rest of his life ,strange indeed my friend ,strange indeed ! !

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  • That would presumably be the current one. The Queen Mother had all the maternal instincts of a spider. In a glass of gin.

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