Traditionally, Japanese women gave birth at home and breastfed with the help of breast massage.Weaning was often late, with breastfeeding in rare cases continuing until early adolescence.

In the Egyptian, Greek and Roman empires, women usually fed only their own children.

However, breastfeeding began to be seen as something too common to be done by royalty, and wet nurses were employed to breastfeed the children of the royal families.

This was extended over the ages, particularly in western Europe, where noble women often made use of wet nurses. D.) represented women breastfeeding their children in ceramic vessels.

Shared breastfeeding is still practised in many developing countries when mothers need help to feed their children.

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She was initially arrested on suspicion of over-lay - accidentally suffocating a child while asleep - but charges were dropped after pathologists were unable to prove Naomi's death was caused by her actions.

Japan became the first developed country to have a baby-friendly hospital, and as of 2006 has another 24 such facilities.

In the Qur'an it is stated that a child should be breastfed if both parents agree: Mothers may breastfeed their children two complete years for whoever wishes to complete the nursing ...

And if you wish to have your children nursed by a substitute, there is no blame upon you as long as you give payment according to what is acceptable.