Wet nurses join China’s luxury list – Justin Sparks

From The Age:

A wet nurse is a status symbol and young mothers are being lured by the promise of up to eight times their existing salary to breastfeed offspring of the rich.

“At first I had my doubts, but the money convinced me,” said a wet nurse known as Madam Gu. “Now I earn five times more than the 1000 yuan ($A163) a month I used to get from the trading company I worked for.”…

In addition to producing high-quality milk, the new breed of wet nurses are often required to emulate their imperial predecessors by displaying refined manners and reciting Ming dynasty poetry. [Full text]

December 4, 2006, 10:24 AM
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