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The ABCs of Babies

Posted May 13, 2010 to photo album "The ABCs of Babies"

Babies may be universal, but the way that society and culture has viewed the little darlings has changed through history.

Slide 1: A is For Awesome
Slide 2: B is for Babies
Slide 3: C is for Confusion
Slide 4: D is for Damned
Slide 5: D is for Discipline
Slide 6: F is for Faith
Slide 7: G is for God
Slide 8: I is for Infanticide
Slide 9: J is for Jail
Slide 10: O is for Organism
Slide 11: E is for Environment
Slide 12: M is for Milk
Slide 13: N is for Nursing
Slide 14: P is for Philosophical
Slide 15: R is for Remarkable
Slide 16: S is for Software
Slide 17: V is for Values
Slide 18: W is for Writer
Slide 13: N is for Nursing

Slide 13: N is for Nursing

During the late Victorian era, modern thinkers reacted against breastfeeding. Mrs. Panton in her best-selling 1897 book on childcare, The Way They Should Go, writes: “We must adapt our doings to the age in which we were born … Let no mother condemn herself to be a common or ordinary ‘cow’ unless she has a real desire to nurse … I myself know of no greater misery than nursing a child, the physical collapse caused by which is often at the bottom of the drinking habits of which we hear so much.” Turn of the century mothers who insisted on breastfeeding were able to hide the fact that they were doing so with the “anti-embarrassment device,” shown above. Not much had changed by July 12, 1950, when Hilda Kassel of E. 53rd St., New York City, was photographed demonstrating how to nurse her baby in the privacy of her living room.