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Old 21 February 2018, 04:50 AM
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There are medieval sermons that talk about how dangerous co-sleeping is and from Renaissance Florence there is a drawing of an odd box-like device to prevent a wetnurse from overlaying the baby while nursing. Not a new worry.
Not a new worry, no. But I do wonder about those medieval stories - -

You've got a society with no effective birth control, and no remotely safe for the mother method of abortion; and some people having trouble feeding the kids they've already got. Deliberately killing or exposing a baby is murder. But accidentally smothering one in your sleep is a tragic accident.

I'm sure not all the cases were deliberate. But I'd be pretty surprised if none of them were.
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