milk

…that’s what’s on the agenda this week. I’m off to Toronto to present some of my Tissot research. This paper looks at the role that wetnursing – and wetnursed milk – play in the life writings of the patients who wrote to Tissot. For some patients, lactation leaves bodily memories, affecting their health for many years. Human milk, for these individuals, is a conduit for all that is morally suspect in eighteenth-century society. It’s also, however, a convenient way to deflect any possible moral blame away from the patient and onto the often unsuspecting wetnurse….

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