|Etymology/ Definition||धात्री स्तनपायिनी पोषयित्रीत्यर्थः । सु.उ.२७/६|
|Literary Meaning||M / W – female supporter, a nurse|
|Implied Meaning||A nurse who gives breast feed to an infant is called Dhaatree ( wet – nurse ).|
|Elaboration||Due to unavailability of breast milk in the mother or due to some other reasons, if a mother is not able to breastfeed the infant, a surrogate mother ( Dhaatree ) is arranged for.|
There are specific criteria for selection of a Dhaatree :
She should be of same caste, youthful, submissive, free from diseases, and born in the same locality. She should not have anomalous organs ( Avyanga ), should not be ugly looking or given to hateful disposition or mean minded. She should also be born in a respectable family, should be skilful in service, clean, with aversion to dirty things, and she should have excellence of breast and milk.
|Contemporary Colloquial||Wet – nurse|
Last updated on June 14th, 2021 at 04:34 am