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1. a person, usually a woman, who tends the sick, injured, or infirm
2. Zoology a worker in a colony of social insects that takes care of the larvae
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What does it mean when you dream about a nurse?

Dreaming of a nurse suggests a need to be taken care of and to be healed. It also sometimes indicates a healing is in progress. This dream also implies that strained or unpleasant conditions are being set aright.

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Although a sexual act may have prepared a wet nurse's body to lactate, her provision of milk is not a reproductive act.
Greta through this book gives another message that women are instrumental whether serving as a wet nurse like Kadam or a modern, empowered woman anywhere in the world, they have a common bond and not recognizing this bond is a tragedy of our time.
For instance, during the eighteenth century, although attitudes towards the female body considered the practice of breastfeeding as 'animalistic', breast milk was still considered valuable so there was a huge demand for women to be employed as wet nurses. In this type of formalised, paid sharing arrangement lower class women were typically employed to feed wealthier women's babies who would typically reside in the wet nurses' home for the first few months, sometimes years of their lives (Fildes, 1988).
MADINAH: Islamic law prohibits marriage with one's wet nurse (for men), her husband (for women), her biological children and any nonbiological children she breast-fed.
America was the wet nurse mother of our culture back then and we zoned in on great black blues musicians like Big Bill Broonzy, Robert Jackson, Blind Willie McTell, Billie Holiday, and anti-racists like Pete Seeger, Judy Collins and Bob Dylan.
Historically, if a woman had problems with breastfeeding--or did not want to breast-feed--a wet nurse was secured.
Although they had to leave their daughter Ludmila behind with her wet nurse, the Count and his wife were able to begin a new life.
Desperate to give her daughters the ao dais required to attend school, Dau turns to part-time work as a wet nurse. In scenes not easily forgotten, her breasts are suckled not by a baby but by a sickly old rich man in his bizarre, purpose-built chamber.
Kipp also notes the ways that the Irish wet nurse "radically challenged [the] assumptions" of political economists such as Smith and Malthus, producing with her body that which she turned to profit.