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When I was at my Dad's house a couple of weeks ago, I went searching for my Mom's babybook. My Mom passed away when I was 9 years old.<br><br>
Well, I found the babybook (from 1948) and 2 "Baby Care Manuals" (one of which was put out by Parents magazine). I am fascinated with them!<br><br>
One thing that I found to be surprising was the number of articles discussing that breastmilk is superior and the "perfect food" for your baby. However, then there was so much crap about how "most women need to supplement" and how you must have a "perfect diet" (with details on how much of certain vitamins and minerals you "must" have!)....which, keep in mind, was still in a time when people were using rations to eat (post-War)!<br><br>
The ads were very similar in style to those that we see in mainstream magazines now. Of course, the content is different...but the style is very similar.<br><br>
Anyone else have the opportunity to read your Mom's/Grandmother's babybooks?<br><br>
Oh, and from at least 3 weeks on my Mom was formula fed. I always wondered this, but since both my Mom and Grandmother have passed on, I had no way of asking. She was fed Carnation milk with water and some sort of vitamins (I think?) added to it.<br><br>
(My Mom breastfed me and my 2 siblings, BTW)
 

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i'd be interested in some of the other info in the book especially re: holding baby, sleep habits etc
 

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I have my dad's baby book (1940) but it sadly isn't even half filled out... I do see my Grandma had a homebirth, attended by a doctor and nurse... But I did go look to see if it had anything interesting in it for ya! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> It does have a drawing my dad did when he was very little (stick figure, house, tree) and that's pretty neat!
 

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I recently found MY babybook (born 1966) My mom passed away 10 years ago, before I had kids, so I can't ask her anything, either.<br><br>
My take-home papers gave mom a "recipe" for home-made formula - I was fed raw cow's milk, corn syrup and water (we were on the farm, and Dad thought bought formula was too expensive, especially since we had good cows on the farm). And my crib card had an advertisment for formula - "Compliments Farmer's Wife Formula Milks" - (yes, that was the formula's name!).<br><br>
My mom was told by the doctor that her milk was "too thin and blue" when she tried to bf my oldest sister, so we were all bottlefed.<br><br>
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I read my dh's book. He was born in '62 and got condensed milk and karo from birth, and started solids at 4 weeks. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
My mom gave me a baby care book written in 1944 and it does recommend bfing, and says "Every sensible mother wants to nurse her baby" but also says cod liver oil and orange juice are needed right away, and only recommend nursing for 4-9 mos.
 

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I don't have a book but my dh's grandmother told me she fed him pasteurized-at-home cow's milk diluted in water. But this was in Chile where formula is relatively new (has been available for the last 20-25 years)<br>
Although the socio-economic situation is Chile is so bad for people that live in poverty, that they have no money for formula, so in Chile it's mostly breastmilk or powdered cow's milk. (actually, the equivalent of "WIC" in chile, gives free "leche purita" which is powdered cow's milk instead of formula for infants, because it simply is too expensive)<br>
I was breastfed and so where my siblings. but my mom weaned my sister at 6 months, me at 3 1/2, my brother at 1 month (he had severe reflux and they did the whole "formula is better for reflux babies") and my little sister at 3 months.<br>
It's interesting to look back... I wonder what our kids will think of us when they're older....
 

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I don't think my mom had a baby book, they were pretty poor. I do know that solids were started with my mom around 6 weeks (and so my mom did the same with me at 5 weeks 5 days). And my grandmother was given a shot to "dry her up". Being the oldest girl of several kids she assumed she would breastfeed but the Dr told her formula was better so they scrimped and saved to afford it.
 

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I recently saw my mom's babybook from the 60's, my geandmother had saved the written instructions from the doc on how to feed her. It was awful. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/censored.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="censored"> My grandmother was to feed her condensed milk, at three weeks of age start feeding her jello water, five weeks of age was beef broth, and then intoduce solids at six weeks! Of course my grandmother followed the doc's orders.
 

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I'm always amazed at the mindset and general practices that took place years ago.<br><br>
Heck... my very own mother gave me evaporated milk with kero syrup! That was my formula!!!!!! (She said she couldn't breastfeed <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: that her milk wasn't thick enough???) Funny how much knowledge has evolved over the years <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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My mother just gave me a handful of 'menus' that the doctor gave her at each of <i>my</i> visits during the first year (1975). By six weeks I should've been on cereal and by 4 months (my baby's age) I would've been eating three meals a day with things like cottage cheese, pureed lamb, and pudding! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><br><br>
Lucky for me, my mom would smile and take the menus and pop them into her purse in the dr's office... then stick them in a box to save so she could laugh at them with me someday. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Much like she did with most of the prescriptions the dr. gave her....<br><br>
I was breastfed for a loooooong time. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I'm not sure if my dh (born in 1961) had a baby book, but I did read a short pamphlet that was sent home with my MIL when they left the hospital. There were paragraphs on "how to bathe baby" and "how to prepare a bottle" and absolutely NO mention of breastfeeding. My MIL said her doctor said, "oh, an active woman like you? You wouldn't want to do THAT." And my dh now has extensive food allergies and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes last year. I wish he had been breastfed!
 

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My dh almost died of meningitis when he was 9 mos old. He had a fever of 110 degrees and his parents were told he would not live more than a few hours.<br><br>
I blame the formula...
 

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My mom died 15 years ago, but I grew up knowing I was breastfed. It was funny, then, when I found my baby book last year in my dad's garage attic. I was born in 1968. Moms wrote that my first solid food was at four WEEKS old (cereal, fruit, and juice 2x/day), and my "first homogenized milk in place of formula" was given when I was four months old. Later, it says I "Weaned at 9 months - Holds the glass well and doesn't spill a drop, finishing the entire glass at one time". Weaned from what? Breast? Bottle?<br><br>
Another tidbit: First ride in a carseat - 5 months (!!!)
 

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I have read mine and my Dh books. Dh was born in 1952, and my MIL wanted to breastfeed but couldnt get any assistance (her words). I will say she told me that with both Dh and his brother born in1948, her births were natural and unmedicated with no interventions. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> She tells the story of her first birth (age 16) she had no idea what was happening when her water broke, but she had her MIL visiting, who was a nurse, said "now you need to go to the hospital" Her first labor was 2 hrs total. The trip to the hospital took 1 1/2 hrs over mountain roads, BIL was born 15 minutes later. They put MIL in a wars with other laboring women, and MIL wasnt hurting too badly, but heard the other ladies yelling/screaming and thought she should do that too. The nurse told her to be quiet. She had similar birth with my Dh. his book says he was put on SMA formula by the hospital, and switched him to Carnation evap milk/Karo formula when at home. MIL is supportive of all the younger women i the family that do natural birth/nursing. My baby book doesnt recommend either BF or formula either way (1968) My Mom told me that she tried pumping her milk, but the hospital was really hostile to her efforts. I was born at 30 weeks and stayed in NICU for several months. She also said that for the first month that whenever they would go to see me in the nursery, the nurses would gown them up and have them scrub, then tie their hands behnd their backs so they WOULDNT TOUCH THE BABY <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> I was a month old before my own mother held me. Scary.<br><br><br><br>
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my mom was born in 1949. i have her baby care manual, and a baby calendar. she was ff, got "pablum" (cereal?) right away, and ate BACON!!! at 5 months. strangely enough, the baby care manual is VERY pro-BF. the only inaccurate info i found was the author saying you should "prepare your nipples for the assualt of the baby's mouth". other than that, he got everything right. but my g'ma was a progressive woman; she'd been DIVORCED! oh, my! so she used that new-fangled baby milk.<br><br>
the manual also discusses elements of what i now know to be EC (thanks to MDC, of course!), but it puts it in the context of teaching toileting for independence of the child from the mother. there is no mention of sposie diapers, i guess they weren't invented until about the time i was born(1977).<br><br>
oh, and women who sleep with their babies will absolutely, without fail, in every case smother their child to death!<br><br>
sick moms should be quarantined from their babies, and if not possible, they should wear a mask over nose and mouth, even those bf.<br><br>
finally, a whole 2 pages is dedicated to an explaination of why and how you should give your child fresh air every day. included is a hand drawn illustration of an open window, detailing how many inches to prop it open, and how far the babies crib is to be placed from it.
 

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I can't find my own baby book (I have it somewhere), but I found my brother's the other day (born in 1972). The section for feeding said, "Baby's first bottle". Then underneath it said, "formula used". There was no mention of breastfeeding at all. My mom has also passed on, so I cannot ask her about it. My brother was fed cereal at 2 DAYS old! He was fed a brand named formula though. He started getting other solids at 2 months.<br><br><br>
No wonder all these older women think it's amazing I've breastfed so long without supplementing (9 months..lol!), and with a big healthy baby. They were all told something was wrong with their milk. Poor ladies.
 

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My baby book has a picture of me getting cereal at 6 wks per dr's orders. My mom did nurse me for 3 mo before returning to work, and my younger bros 14 mo <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Her own mother tried to nurse all 7 of her kids and is STILL upset that her milk dried up at 6 wks. I don't know the why of it (her memory is bad now, can't ask) but she is so happy whenever her grandkids nurse.<br><br>
Her own 4 daughters nursed all of their kids for varying amts of time.
 

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Wow, what an entertaining thread! My own mother nursed me for a few weeks and then used homemade formula. My husbands mother (back in '73) was feeding him applesauce through a syringe at 6 weeks because the doctor thought it was best. They did cloth diaper though but probably out of necesity. We have a picture of her holding him when he was about 2 months and she was smoking while she was holding him. She passed away in 1990 from a drug overdose <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> . And her mother died the same way shortly afterward.
 

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I have not seen any old baby books, but I did find a nutrition book at the library that was from the sixties. VERY interesting. Cool book. Very pro natural living. They really did not know that bm was better than ff. All they could say was that it was natural, and inexpensive. They said that they suspected bm to be superior, but that not enough research had been done to prove this. They said that bm had more than 100 components. I think that they have actually counted more than 400 now.
 
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