My siblings and I where breastfed, my twin sister until she was 1 1/2 and me until 1 year old, I dont know why I stopped earlier though.
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There were breast pumps in the early '70s! (Actually, there were manual breast pumps at least as far back as 1902--they're in the Sears catalog I have!) Depending on your mom's work situation, it might have been too difficult for her to pump at work, but it's possible that she might have. My aunt did. My mom was a SAHM when we were little but was a LLLLeader, and I remember her having custody of the chapter's electric breast pump and having moms come over to learn how to use it, not for work (they would have needed their own) but for temporary situations like being in the hospital or taking a short trip away from baby. I was kind of freaked out by the pump, and the feeling stayed with me until after my son was born when I tried pumping myself--it wasn't nearly as uncomfortable and weird as I'd expected!
Hah! My grandmother can describe the recipe in detail! She laughs about it now, how it was all the rage... It was part of the homemade recipe for formula.
I was breastfed 6 weeks, then put on formula. Apparently I was a very bad nurser, because my twin brother nursed much longer.
I was breastfed back in 1972 when "only the Hippies nursed their babies." At least, that was the case in suburban Long Island where I was born. She used to express milk for my 1 bottle a week when she and my Dad had an appointment. I believe the doctor gave her the go-ahead to use whole cow's milk in that bottle when I was 6 months old. At 11 months old, the day I learned to walk, I "weaned myself." Apparently, I couldn't take the breast with me (but she let me toddle/crawl around with a bottle.) I have no idea how much cow's milk/how many nursings a day I was getting between 6 and 11 months old.
I can now recognise my own toddler behavior as a nursing strike, and could give a new mom lots of tips for getting the baby back to the breast. But in 1973, she was given kudos for nursing "so long" and she's still proud that she never fed any of us formula.
My dad was fed that too! It was 1953 and my grandma had had breast surgery and was unable to make milk. My dad ended up with horrible allergies, eczema, and asthma. They also introduced solids way, way early, as in 1 month old. My dad ended up on goat's milk. He suffered health problems his whole life and then passed away in April due to asthma attack. :-(
I, on the other hand, was breastfed for a long time, and fed home-made baby food. I too unfortunately have asthma and allergies but not to the extent my dad did. My brother was unable to nurse due to a rare syndrome and my mom had to formula feed him through a tube. The breast pumps were not good enough back then to sustain a milk supply for very long but she tried.
Breastfed for 3 years, probably EBF for at least the first 6 months, and home made baby food only.
I barely speak to my mother because we have never had a good relationship. I'm pretty sure breastfeeding is the only fond memory I have of her. I actually realized that this week- I have a really hard time thinking of good memories of my mother. I have virtually no immune system to speak of and numerous physical and mental ailments, including a lot of food intolerances. Breast milk didn't do me much good. I would have preferred being formula fed and raised by a good, loving parent. I mean, sure, ideally you could have both- but sometimes I feel like after I weaned my mom decided that she was done with the parenting thing.
In the 80s, I was breastfed around 6 months til my mom broke her wrist and was put on strong pain meds that would pass into the milk, so then I got formula. I probably ate cereal and purees like 4m or so onward. In 2000 my baby brother nursed for 2 months then I had him full time and mom worked.
My Mom was 17 when she had me in the mid-70's and she was led to believe that boobs are "dirty parts", so I was formula fed. I developed colic almost immediately, and by the time I was 10 weeks old, the pediatrician had told her that I was crying because I was hungry, so they put me on rice cereal in a bottle, too. But I'd keep eating the rice cereal and drinking formula because I suspect I must've had a high suck need as an infant. I've since had two sons- breastfed babies- and they were the same- refused their thumbs, refused a paci, just wanted to suck- nurse- 24/7.
Breastfeeding is no magic cure to make all humans robust and enjoying perfect health for life, some people don't win the genetic lottery for a hearty constitution, ..... but the point is that replacing normal baby food (breastmilk) with any inferior artificial substitute does have a tangible detrimental effect.
Breastfed until 18 months, tho still nursed at night til 22 months I believe. Started solids at 6 mos but wasn't much interested in them until 1 yr. I have been in relative good health, good weight, all my life. Currently EBF my daughter, 3 mos... not planning on stopping until at least a year. I think it is a great choice, but for those that cannot or chose not to breastfeed, I have absolutely no judgement! Each mom has a different set of circumstances.
I was fortunately bfed in 1970---and mom was not even close to being a hippie, so I figure I'm pretty darned lucky--it was standard then, among her friends, to completely forego the idea.
My close friend (born the same year) says his dad shared recently "I looked at the ingredients on the formula, and then looked at what was in the weightlifter powder, and realized that we could get 5 times the amount of that for the price of formula, so that's what he got!" Dad still feels pretty proud of himself for being so brilliant.