Gender, Work, and Family EconomiesWet Nurses in Rural Galicia, 1850-1900

  1. Isidro Dubert García 1
  2. Luisa Muñoz Abeledo 1
  1. 1 Universidade de Santiago de Compostela

    Universidade de Santiago de Compostela

    Santiago de Compostela, España


Congreso Internacional Contemporáneas: Políticas, trabajadoras y hacedoras de sociedad

Editorial: Fundación Juana De Vega

Ano de publicación: 2022

Páxinas: 18

Congreso: Congreso Internacional Contemporánea (1. 2022. Santiago de Compostela)

Tipo: Achega congreso


In this article we study the distinct formative stages of the labour market for external wet nurses employed by Galician foundling hospitals in the second half of the 19th century. We focus on changes in the nature of wet nurses’ work due to the benevolence laws (1822, 1836, 1849) that were driven by Spain’s liberal state. We also examine wet nurses’ sociodemographic profile and the geographic distribution of their labour markets. Finally, we explore the economic impact that Galician foundling hospitals had on rural districts, looking closely at the importance of external wet-nurse wages for family budgets.