A wet nurse feeds conjoined twins. Photo: Getty Images A wet nurse feeds conjoined twins. Photo: Getty Images
A wet nurse feeds conjoined twins. Photo: Getty Images
Wee Kek Koon
Opinion

Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

China’s imperial wet nurses: how these mothers often became a power behind the throne

  • It was common for emperors to become closer to their wet nurses than they were to their biological mother
  • Many Chinese still use the word nai ma (literally ‘milk mother’) to refer to modern-day nannies

A wet nurse feeds conjoined twins. Photo: Getty Images A wet nurse feeds conjoined twins. Photo: Getty Images
A wet nurse feeds conjoined twins. Photo: Getty Images
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