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To ask what people did before formula?

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Annabelleinapickle Mon 21-Mar-16 16:49:33

There's always a BF/FF debate but genuinely what did we do before formula existed? It worked fine then, people produced milk? Personally I think it's all the devices, unhealthy crap invented that has made our bodies less able.

lavenderdoilly Mon 21-Mar-16 16:50:25

More babies died.

Annabelleinapickle Mon 21-Mar-16 16:50:58

Really? They starved ?

ghostyslovesheep Mon 21-Mar-16 16:51:09

erm no hmm Babies of poor women died, richer women had wet nurses, cows milk was also used an weaning was earlier

I'd love to know how Ipads made my breast produce less milk though - do tell!

CaptainCrunch Mon 21-Mar-16 16:51:11

Wet nurses were used by royalty and other wealthy people.

Kim82 Mon 21-Mar-16 16:51:14

Wet nurses were used I imagine.

Fairylea Mon 21-Mar-16 16:51:47

Babies used to die before formula. My gran was a midwife many moons ago and she said she met many infants where the mums were unable to feed and they were feeding them condensed milk or milk mixed with flour and infants were becoming very malnurished. She knew of many babies who had died. Thank goodness we now have formula!

CremeEggThief Mon 21-Mar-16 16:51:52

Wet nurse until the early 20th centry, especially for upper classes . People probably gave cows or goats milk from a very early age too.

ghostyslovesheep Mon 21-Mar-16 16:52:08

have a little look at the figures for infant death from malnutrition in developing countries - that might help

DixieNormas Mon 21-Mar-16 16:53:10

wet nurses. a if you were rich you paid for one, if not some times a nice neighbour with their own baby would take over.

Mousefinkle Mon 21-Mar-16 16:53:35

Wet nurses if you were wealthy.
Some poorer people would ask relatives to feed for them sometimes. If not it was either cows/goats milk, flour and water concoctions or the baby would simply die.

DixieNormas Mon 21-Mar-16 16:53:48

and yes lots more babies died

ILostItInTheEarlyNineties Mon 21-Mar-16 16:53:49

My grandmother fed my mum condensed milk. I remember being shocked when she told me.

Pantone363 Mon 21-Mar-16 16:54:08

They died

Or were fed by someone else, fed a mixture of cows milk/rice etc

Ate you feigning stupidity on purpose?

WhatWouldFlopDo Mon 21-Mar-16 16:54:15

A mixture of things probably, grandmother's feeding, sisters feeding - there was probably more peer to peer support back then, generations of mothers showing mothers - but yes babies dying too sadly.

Annabelleinapickle Mon 21-Mar-16 16:54:22

This isn't a mean post by the way, I'm not producing half of what my baby needs now and I'm sad about it so just popped into my head what would have happened had formula not been on hand for us. Thank you x

GinAndColonic Mon 21-Mar-16 16:54:26

Wow. Of course babies died! Starved to death. Wet nurses, breastfeeding friends, given cow or goat milk and hope for the best.

We're genetically designed for evolution, think about it for more than one goady minute.

Jamiesrevenge Mon 21-Mar-16 16:54:33

Milk was delivered by magical unicorns...... Jeez

cosmickitten Mon 21-Mar-16 16:54:55

As others said wet nursng or death

SelfRaisingFlour Mon 21-Mar-16 16:55:10

My in-laws (in their 70s) were fed on condensed milk and cows milk.

GinAndColonic Mon 21-Mar-16 16:55:39

Ok, terrible cross posts there. Thought you were being very insensitive now I see that I am.

Even half what they need is great going - you're doing well flowers

annandale Mon 21-Mar-16 16:56:03

wet nursing/shared feeding

in tudor times and probably for a long time after that people gave 'pap' which was bread and water

people weaned very early, either to animal milk or other solids

people were more 'tolerant' of babies being miserable and crying a lot (i.e. it was more expected, Henry VIII employed 3 servants just to rock Princess Mary's cradle)

but it is also true that if

kelda Mon 21-Mar-16 16:56:14

My grandmother wet nursed 70 years ago, for a short time, for newborn babies in the hospital. I wish I knew more details!

DawnOfTheDoggers Mon 21-Mar-16 16:56:24

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

annandale Mon 21-Mar-16 16:56:26

oh duuno what that last bit was

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