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A wet nurse is a woman who breastfeeds children that are not her own. This may be due to the death of the mother in childbirth, or because the mother may not have enough milk, or for cultural reasons. A wet nurse may become close to the children she takes care of. Children who breastfeed from a wet nurse at the same time are called milk brothers.
A Clash of Kings
Tyrek Lannister is mockingly nicknamed "Wet Nurse" after he marries the infant Lady Ermesande Hayford.
Known wet nurses
- Alys Rivers
- Garin of the Orphans's mother
- Old Nan
- Tytos Lannister's first mistress
Those known to have used a wet nurse
- Aegon IV Targaryen
- Aegon Targaryen (son of Aenys I)
- Aemma Arryn
- Aemon Steelsong
- Aenys I Targaryen
- Alysanne Targaryen
- Arianne Martell
- Baelon Targaryen (son of Jaehaerys I)
- Boremund Baratheon
- Daenerys Targaryen
- Daenerys Targaryen (daughter of Jaehaerys I)
- Daeron Targaryen (son of Viserys I)
- Eddison Tollett
- Edric Dayne
- Elinor Costayne's third son
- Erena Glover
- Ermesande Hayford
- Gerion Lannister
- Jacaerys Velaryon
- Jaehaerys I Targaryen
- Jaehaerys Targaryen (son of Aerys II)
- Jocelyn Baratheon
- Jon Snow
- Monster (Gilly's son)
- Petyr Baelish
- Rhaena Targaryen (daughter of Aenys I)
- Saera Targaryen
- Tyrion Lannister
- Vaella Targaryen (daughter of Aenys I)
- Valerion Targaryen
- Viserys Targaryen
- Viserys I Targaryen
- Viserys Targaryen (son of Aenys I)
- Waymar Royce
- ↑ A Clash of Kings, Chapter 25, Tyrion VI.
- ↑ Fire & Blood, The Dying of the Dragons - A Son for a Son.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 21, The Queenmaker.
- ↑ A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 3, Jon I.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 68, Sansa VI.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 24, Bran IV.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Westerlands: House Lannister Under the Dragons.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 A Storm of Swords, Chapter 43, Arya VIII.
- ↑ Fire & Blood, The Lysene Spring and the End of Regency.
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 Fire & Blood, A Surfeit of Rulers.
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 5, Samwell I.
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 Fire & Blood, The Sons of the Dragon.
- ↑ Fire & Blood, The Year of Thethree Brides - 49 AC.
- ↑ Fire & Blood, Jaehaerys and Alysanne - Their Triumphs and Tragedies.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 3, Daenerys I.
- ↑ Fire & Blood, Birth, Death, and Betrayal Under King Jaehaerys I.
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 Fire & Blood, Heirs of the Dragon - A Question of Succession.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 11, The Kraken's Daughter.
- ↑ A Feast for Crows, Chapter 27, Jaime III.
- ↑ 21.0 21.1 The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Aerys II.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 6, Catelyn II.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Chapter 21, Tyrion III.
- ↑ A Game of Thrones, Prologue.