The maid or babá (nurse) is often the second "mother" of many Brazilian families. It was common during the colonial period, and even long after, for African amas (nurses) to breast feed and raise the "master's" children along with their own. Men of all classes had African slaves or Indians as lovers and concumbines and the children of such unions were frequently raised as members of the family.As empregadas domésticas ou babás são, muitas vezes, uma segunda mlle para as crianças em muitas famílias brasileiras. Era comum durante o período colonial, e até mesmo depois, que amas africanas amamentassem e criassem as crianças de seus patrões. Homens de todas as classes tinham escravas africanas ou índias como amante ou comcumbinas e, os filhos de tais uniões eram, frequentemente, criados como membros da família do pai.
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Brazil: Ethnicity and Population