The past, said British writer L.P. Hartley, is a foreign country; they do things differently there. That’s certainly true of the Middle Ages, which would strike the modern human as a very foreign place. But medieval moms loved their kids just like today’s mothers do. And in fact, although they looked after them in some curious ways, some things really don’t ever change. Although, of course, not everything has stayed the same.
4. Using wet nurses
Medieval women were big believers in “breast is best.” To be fair, they didn’t really have any choice, since formula milk had not been invented, and no food for infants would come along until the 19th Century. Nobles and those women who could not breastfeed for other reasons had to use wet nurses: mothers who were nursing their own babies and could feed another.