Frustrated would-be wet nurses in Shenzhen say they have not had a single call from worried mothers seeking their services in the past month despite widespread media reports of a revival of the practice because of the melamine milk scare. Newspaper reports claimed that after the scandal broke thousands of fearful mainland mothers turned to wet nurses for breast milk, a practice stamped out by the Communist Party as 'capitalist decadence'. But after one month on a Shenzhen agency's waiting list, prospective Hunan wet nurse Yi Wuyong , 30, described the reports as false. Ms Yi said she was lured to Shenzhen by the promise of earning 18,000 yuan (HK$20,450) a month. Ms Yi's agency said it fielded a record number of requests as a result of the milk scandal but failed to find work for all of the 300 registered wet nurses on its books even with a half-price discount. Wet nurses waiting for work had either returned home or taken up much lower-paying jobs as maids, Ms Yi said. Meanwhile in Hangzhou , Zhejiang , 20 wet nurses asking 6,000 to 30,000 yuan a month were sent back to their Jiangxi hometowns after their agency was unable to sign deals. 'We have learned for a fact that Hangzhou does not need any wet nurses,' Ren You, a Hangzhou housekeeping-agency manager, was quoted by the Today Morning Express as saying. 'Reports about hot demand for wet nurses proved to be just rumours.' Shenzhen milk-powder importer Huang Zian said he had not seen any parents worried about tainted goods desperately searching for a wet nurse. 'Affluent parents feeding their babies with imported infant formula have been untouched by the milk scandal and they won't seek out a strange migrant worker with possible health risks as a wet nurse.' Mr Huang said poor mothers reliant on domestic milk power could not afford wet nurses asking 18,000 yuan a month, the equivalent to a Shenzhen worker's income for six months. But Fujian wet nurse Chen Fuji, 26, said she was willing to feed her two-month-old baby girl imported milk powder if she could secure the tempting salary of a wet nurse. Ms Chen said she earned 2,000 yuan a month as a boutique saleswoman, and six months as a wet nurse would net her much more. She would have to pass a strict physical check on everything from HIV to skin diseases once employed, but so far she has failed to get a client. Many Chinese today still oppose the idea of wet nurses feeding other people's children, especially considering the country's one-child policy.