Today I heard where the term “nanny goat” came from.
Many moons ago, when the wealthy ladies gave birth, they would not stoop to breast feed their offspring. So, a wet nurse was employed. As you know, this would be a woman of a lower class who had recently given birth, and was thus lactating.
I had wondered what implication this had for her own babe, assuming it had survived.
It transpires that, often, the poor folks would use goat’s milk to feed their babies, when the true mother wasn’t there to feed them.
So, there you go, the nanny goat was the one who filled this need.
Now I wonder what the bottles they used were like.