Infant Feeding: Good Or Bad To Breastfeed
Aristocratic women did not breast feed because it was considered unfashionable, were afraid it would ruin their figures and prevented them from wearing socially acceptable clothing of the time. It also interfered with their social time and was often cheaper to employ a wet nurse than another women to help run their husbands business in their place. (1) The Industrial Revolution, saw two large changes in wet nursing and bottle feeding. It saw a shift from rich families to poor family’s wet nursing. Poor wages and an increased cost of living forced women to seek employment and left little time for them to care for their children. Thus they employed destitute peasant women to care for their children. The next large scale change was the advancement of the feeding bottle and later the development of formula. Early on, hand feeding or bottle feeding had dire consequences for babies. It was very hard to sterilize the pap boats or cows horns and sometimes they were even given spoiled cows milk. About the same time pediatricians were starting to make their mark on the medical community. As they grew in popularity, they also “pushed for a medically sound method to feed these children. Formula was manufactured as a result.” (2)
People have tried to make a “formula” since the pap and panada days of formula feeding. Most early formulas had very little nutritional value. Scientist have tried unsuccessfully since 1865 to create a synthetic formula equal to human milk. “The Infant Formula Act of 1980 authorized the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to assure quality control of infant formulas.” There is just no good substitute for a woman’s breast milk. Even the makers of formula will acknowledge this fact.