Query: Wet-nursing and psychology

I have been approached by somebody who is working on why psychology and psychoanalysis have failed to think about the possible psychological impact of being fed at the breast of one who is not one’s mother, given that a number of founding figures in the field were fed by wet-nurses or employed one for their own children. She is particularly keen to find, if possible, personal accounts that wet nurses might have given of what it was like to feed someone else’s infant for two or three years and then give them up and any records there might be of those who have been fed by a wet nurse.

I have already recommended Valerie Fildes’ work –  does anyone have any current information about Fildes and possibly contact details?

I’ve also suggested the records of the Foundling Hospital.

Does anyone have any information that would enable me to help this researcher out further?

Many thanks

Dr Lesley A Hall
Archives and Manuscripts
Wellcome Library
183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE, England UK
Tel: +44 (0) 207 611 8483 Fax: +44 ( 0) 207 611 8703
email l.hall@wellcome.ac.uk

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