The cost of feeding in the past

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
The cost of feeding in the past
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Tue, 01-08-2013 - 3:45pm

If the health department were to hang this in your doctor's office today, do you think it would influence mothers?

Community Leader
Registered: 04-18-2003
Thu, 01-17-2013 - 8:11pm

That's a REAL old poster. You can tell by the way the woman doing the breastfeeding is dressed. It goes back to the time when if you couldn't breast feed, you dipped a clean cloth in cow's milk and the baby sucked on it, or you spoon fed the baby milk, or you found someone who could nurse your baby for you. That's why I'm saying things don't match up. Someone did a lousy job of making a point.

Gail

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-16-2010
Sun, 01-13-2013 - 5:16pm

Yes, I know they existed.  What I'm saying is that a poster that presumes that the cost of breastfeeding is "nothing" presumes, incorrectly and offensively, that they do NOT exist.

Community Leader
Registered: 04-18-2003
Sat, 01-12-2013 - 11:27pm

Yes, and the days when women who had significant responsibility for the family's income (by choice or not) were ignored or presumed not to exist.  Good times.  :)

They did exist. There are plenty of documentation of women doing all sorts of careers pre 1940. In college I pissed off a handful of feminists back in the late 80's by findng the anecdotes and studies.

Getting to the picture,  I can tell by the illustrations, the instructions for how to make the formula and the colour of the paper that goes WAY back. Someone might even have digitally manipulated a PSA in an attempt to make a point.  There are plenty of women in this century, though, who aren't interested in going through the hassle of pumping to make bottles while at work and choose to formula feed because if they have to bottlefeed, it might as well be formula. Also, women who choose to put their career on hold to breastfeed aren't held in high esteem. I've read posts here where women have said they'd find it easier to breastfeed if they could have a combination of Maternity/Parental leave like in Canada. Women can take six months maternity leave and an option to take another 5 months. The Maternity/Parental live is 80% of salray up to a certain amount.

Gail

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Fri, 01-11-2013 - 1:53pm

I wonder what it was like for women back then - to choose to formula feed - or to have their choice taken away due to lack of support or medical issues - knowing that one in ten babies died?

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-16-2010
Thu, 01-10-2013 - 9:21pm

Yes, and the days when women who had significant responsibility for the family's income (by choice or not) were ignored or presumed not to exist.  Good times.  :)

Community Leader
Registered: 04-18-2003
Thu, 01-10-2013 - 6:55pm

I'd laugh my butt off. That goes back to the days when women were treated with respect for the decision to stay at home and raise children, making it easy to breastfeed. Also, women's breasts weren't as sexualized then as they are now.

Gail