When my youngest daughter was about nine months old, and started to talk, she indicated she wanted to nurse by saying a word that sounded like "amah" or "hmah". She used that word as long as she was nursed(which was rather a long time), and I started using it, too. People asked where the word came from, but I was clueless. I'm trying to research the word in on-line dictionaries. Both Swedish and Norwegian have words for "wet-nurse" that look like they would sound similar. (Amme and amma) I know the word "amah", meaning "servant, or nurse-maid" is used in many parts of the east. She thinks she may have been Jewish. There is a similar German word for "wet-nurse". I'm hoping someone will know how those words would sound phonetically, to an English speaker. I don't know if she put the "h" sound there, or I did. Thanks for any help.