According to legend, Richard I and Alexander Neckam were born on the same day. The astrological significance of these two births may be the reason Hodierna was chosen as wet nurse. The boys were breastfed together, although as heir to the throne Richard was given the right breast which was believed to produce richer milk.
Wet nurse to the young princes was an honoured position and Hodierna was given a home in the King's Houses. However, if Richard became ill or died, Hodierna could be blamed. Transitioning into a nanny role as Richard got older, Hodierna was Richard's main source of maternal affection in his early years as his mother was often away.
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