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Reasons include the serious or chronic illness of the mother and her treatment which creates a temporary difficulty to nursing.
Additionally, a mother's taking drugs (prescription or recreational) may necessitate a wet nurse if a drug in any way changes the content of the mother's milk.
Some women choose not to breastfeed for social reasons.
Wet nurses are employed when the mother is unable or elects not to nurse the child herself.
Wet-nursed children may be known as "milk-siblings", and in some cultures the families are linked by a special relationship of milk kinship.
(Genesis 35:8) Midrashic commentaries on the Torah hold that the Egyptian princess Bithiah (Pharaoh's wife Asiya in the Islamic Hadith and Qur'an) attempted to wet-nurse Moses, but he would take only his biological mother's milk.
(Exodus 2:6–9) In ancient Rome, well-to-do households would have had wet-nurses (Latin nutrices, singular nutrix) among their slaves and freedwomen, The importance of the wet nurse to ancient Roman culture is indicated by the founding myth of Romulus and Remus, who were abandoned as infants but nursed by the she-wolf, as portrayed in the famous Capitoline Wolf bronze sculpture.