In 19th century Paris, upper class children were cared for by their
mothers, other female relatives and servants. Women managed and
supervised child rearing. Upper class families typically employed
wet nurses to breast feed babies and nannies to care for children.
In 1842, Alfred Donne published a manual for physicians and mothers
on the science of child rearing which discouraged these practices,
and instead recommended breast feeding by the natural mother to
ensure safe milk, and develop important bonding between mother and
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