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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 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.