I don’t really know much about my mom’s births. (She is just not comfortable to share about that stuff...)
She did share her breastfeeding story though and it is sad. She proudly says that she BF’d us. Really she went to the rocky first weeks and then switched to formula. Poor mom.
In 67, she BF my first brother, for a whooping 4 or 6 weeks.
At this point, it was the end of the week, she was going back to work on the Monday and went to the health clinic of the small town she lived in. The nurse gave her crap for nursing her baby in the first place against their expert medical advice. Mom said they just gave her some medication to stop the milk, and that was it. No transition for Mom or baby. You breastfeed on Friday, and have no milk left by Sunday, without any engorgement, baby is now on formula. Ain't that wonderful!
No one suggested she pumps. Although I don’t even think there would have been a pump available for her to use in that small town.
But what she realized a couple years ago is that she was working at the school across the street from her daycare provider. She could have gone back during recess and lunch to nurse (and she ended up going there often anyways during the day because she missed my brother...)
My other brother and I ended up being BF’d for about the same period of time, just because the pattern had already been established that way... But she said the weaning was more gradual for us.
I know one of my aunts had to fight to give birth without medication... (Late 60’s) Dr was just asking why she wanted to do that...
She got it, but she says it was quite the fight.
Another one was heavily medicated and doesn’t remember a thing of her births... (69 & 73.) She was so happy when my cousin invited her at her birth about 15 years ago. She said it helped her heal a lot of old wounds. Because all that time she had had dreams about the birth of babies, but even her dreams at a big gap
But I am proud to say that my GMas respectively had (at least) 13 and 15 homebirths, approx in between 1925 and 1945. (Not so proud that they had to have all those kids because of the lovely catholic mentality running the village, but they were all born home... or at a neighbour...) I do not know of them having a stillborn (hence the at least), I do know they each lost 1 baby under one year. We believe my Dad was a preemie, his brothers called him the “7 months” sometimes... Apparently he was thought to be stillborn at first and they realized later on that the baby was breathing on his own
One of my dad older sisters died of a hemorrhage following a HB though. This was in early 50s. So his family tends to be scared of HB now. They remember that one that went wrong, not the 15 successful ones. The death of my aunt was solely blamed on the homebirth when I heard about it at first during my teenage years.
I am not sure they breastfed. From the information I have, it sounds like they had the condensed milk/sugar blend... I’ve seen bottles on the rare family pictures.
Anyhow, I find this thread fascinating. Keep bringing the stories.