Blessed the Wet Nurse

My project is about a world where breast milk is a commodity. Companies like Milk Connection provide breast milk to mothers/clients via bottle or wet-nurse. Milk Connection is not a one time donation collection facility. It is a company that fosters budding wet nurses into their full potential. By providing training, pro-lactation meals, on call doctors, vitamins, testing, and legal protection, wet nurses are able to strive and build credibility in the early stages of their careers. After 8 years the wet nurse is ready to take her oath of commitment to the cause. She is given a pin to symbolize the beginning of her commitment and after ten years of following that oath, she is given the full badge along with the elevated status of a Senior Wet Nurse. Senior Wet Nurses receive special retirement privileges, such as top treatment and living arrangements, that few end up using. Instead, they end up staying with their client families until the children enter high school or go off to college– after which they join a new client family. I will be focusing on the career path of wet nurses and what this elevated status looks like.

The Form:

I believe the form will be a poster/digital collection of snap shots from this world. They would include  a job add for an entry level wet nurse, the design of the pin and badge, persona of a senior wet nurse, persona of an entry wet nurse, the oath of commitment, about the Milk Connection page, and a bio of a lower quality company.

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Career Path:

Training:

  • Level one training: if you haven’t been pregnant only—to help women make milk (pumping, vitamins)
  • Level two training: how to maintain appropriate lifestyle, interact, pump, etc

Job Levels:

  • Entry:
    • Pump breast milk and milk is given to costumer or sold in stores
    • No contact with costumer
    • Milk is tested
    • All meals are eaten at facility
    • Heavily monitored
    • Clients can watch pumping via live feed (only higher quality companies provide this)
    • Get promoted after 3 years and good performance (high quality breast milk, personable, healthy living)
  • Junior:
    • Half pumps
    • Clients can watch pumping via live feed (only higher quality companies provide this)
    • Half visits clients
    • Clients are once in a while users
    • Get promoted after 5 years and good performance
  • Associate:
    • Commutes to client’s home
    • Live in for short periods of time
    • Pumps on occasion
    • Take oath—long term commitment for as long as you can physically do it
    • Promoted after following oath and 10 years
      • Receives pin
  •  Senior:
    • Live in wet nurse
    • Close relationship with family
    • Travels with family
    • One contract could expand years
    • Live in caregiver
    • Pumps on occasion
    • Revered for long term commitment
      • Special bonuses
        • Full badge that is worn all the time
        • Good retirement possibilities
          • Many don’t use

Benefits:

  • Salary
  • Reimbursement for travel, health, specialized needs
  • Facility provides meals, vitamins, doctors, breast feeding products
  • Health insurance, etc
  • Protection from legal ramifications unless wet nurse actively does something that endangers child (ex: drinking and then breast feeding)
  • Requirements:
    • Follow meal plan
    • Take vitamins
    • Maintain healthy lifestyle
    • No drugs, alcohol, etc
    • Once a month visits to on site doctor
    • Preferred to have been pregnant:
    • No criminal history
    • Health/psych history approved
    • Pass current health exam
    • Non compete
    • Degrees in either Food Sciences, Biology, Biochemistry, Anatomy, Psychology, or Nutrition
  • Milk Connection:
    • Higher end because of the amount of resources they provide for wet nurses and the amount of monitoring of lower level
    • Provides live feeds of wet nurse breast feeding only entry and junior level
    • Branding of what is sold in stores is not based on attributes of wet nurses
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