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Baby Food by Jill Lepore

Baby Food by Jill Lepore

My boss shared this great piece with me by Jill Lepore.  It’s a historical look at breastfeeding, pumping, formula and bottle feeding.  Some of you may have read this back in 2009, when it was published in The New Yorker, but for those of you who didn’t, I highly recommend checking it out.  

“Then, bizarrely, American women ran out of milk. “Every physician is becoming convinced that the number of mothers able to nurse their own children is decreasing,” one doctor wrote in 1887. Another reported that there was “something wrong with the mammary glands of the mothers in this country.” It is no mere coincidence that this happened just when the first artificial infant foods were becoming commercially available.” 

 

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