Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A history of breastfeeding

A long, but very interesting, article in History Today chronicles breastfeeding through the ages, from the ancient Greeks and Romans to modern-day moms. I found out a lot of really neat facts that I'd never heard before.

Did you know that the Nazis encouraged women to breastfeed, because they felt that the emancipation offered by the bottle was a Jewish plot?

Did you know that, in 1658, the wife of the Earl of Manchester proudly had it announced on her gravestone that she had breastfed seven of her children?

Seriously, go read the article. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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