Zhong Guo- Middle Kingdom.
BEIJING (Reuters) - The case of a poor mother from the Chinese countryside hired to breastfeed an affluent city-dweller's baby has stoked controversy over the ethics of the ancient practice of wet nursing.
Professional wet nurses have appeared in major cities across China, the Beijing News reported Wednesday, fueled by rising incomes and a demand for healthy milk.
...."Some people say ... children of rich families have breast milk while cash buys the rights of the mother's own child to enjoy her mother's milk."
"The affluent level of society has the purchasing power, while the high wages will attract many women," Hu said, adding that professionals were appearing in major cities across China.
"Given the market has this demand, this shows that there is value and reason in it."
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