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A couple of years ago I wrote a post explaining that it was a pity that most of our mothers could not help now with the problems of breastfeeding, either because they had them (their lactations were successful and not learn how to solve problems that were not), whether it was because many gave more bottle to boob and by that also discovered the solutions.

The case is that, for one reason or another, there are many tips that give us today our mothers that we don't seem very appropriate or successful, and now we know better why: we have read the indications that were given to new mothers in 1978, and we now understand why we give the advice we give.


The feeding of the baby in 1978

The sheets that we are going to show are given to you in the year 1978, in Castilla y León, a woman that I had just finished having your baby. It is difficult to say that what you said to this mother is what was said to all mothers, because that's not even happening now. Or the pediatricians all say the same thing if we compare by the autonomous communities, or say the same thing if we compare them in the same city, or say the same thing if we compare them within the same health centre, or in fact say the same thing if we compare to the pediatrician's office in the morning and you're sitting in the same office for the afternoon.

That's why, although it serves as a sample curious of those times, I dare not say that this is what he said to all of the mothers in that era, although I dare say that is sure to be said of a great majority, especially if we take into account that even now there are pediatricians that they deliver leaves that do not differ too much from these, and nearly 40 years have passed.

Recommended feeding: Breast (see instructions on reverse side) if you are still hungry, give him after the chest, NATIVE, prepared in 35 cc of boiled water, you get a full level of Native, when you need to increase, put in 70 cc of boiled water, two measures, etc

The recommended feeding for the infant was the breast milk, but there seemed to be a lot of help in case of any problems. Instead of saying something like, "If you were still hungry, go back for a review of the decision of the baby to the breast", the mothers carried the message that, if the baby was crying, had to give artificial milk, so that the main solution to a problem of lactation was assumed that the problem was unresolvable, and that in consequence there was that pass to the infant formula.


More about breastfeeding at that time

For breastfeeding is delivered to women multiple standards that should follow and that, with what we know now, we can say that it helped probably that many of the lactations fracasasen. As also included the solution, which was to give artificial milk, we already know why the majority of babies of that time just taking a bottle.

The shots of the chest should be every three hours or more, and the trend should be to lengthen even more the time to get to breast-feed every four hours. Taking into account that today in day is considered the best way to give breast to a baby is to demand, and that this means that a baby can do shots every hour, sometimes half an hour, sometimes two, but rarely three or four, it is clear that they spoke of a pattern of lows that caused most babies to pass a lot of hunger.

Add to that that at night they had to sleep 5 to 6 hours, after a full day in which they had barely been able to eat, and already had babies practically malnourished and crying too often to be considered properly fed.

In addition, women should wash the breasts with boiled water before feeding the baby, so that is added situations relatively annoying and unnecessary obligations, by that "now you happen to breastfeed, but I'm in the middle of the street and I can not give until I get home and I wash the breasts".

Then, with the child crying, hungrier than a mouse in a church, the mother put finally to the chest and began to count the 10 minutes after which was it away from the chest to pass to calm him down as best I could, probably convinced that he had already eaten enough and was crying for another reason, or that their milk was simply not good and the child remained hungry.

With the exception of some baby expert in eating much in a short time, the majority of babies hardly realized with similar guidelines to increase 175 grams weight-marked, so for them, given that "that indicates that the child does not take enough", was the solution of the mixed feeding.


Other odd tips of the time

If that weren't enough, the month of life the thing is complicated a bit more because it began to give on an empty stomach one tablespoon of orange juice, mixed with water and sweetened with half a teaspoon of sugar, and then wait about 15-20 minutes, although he was hungry, to give him the breast or the bottle.

We now know that the ideal is that a baby does not drink anything except milk until at least 4 months of life, although it is advisable according to the latest guidelines is that this does not happen until six months of life (only milk until six months and thereafter complementary feeding), in the time you are prepared to eat new foods (and we know in addition that the sugar is not too advisable as food, so that it is better not to add it without the need).

But what of the food was not all. They should bathe every day, before meals, at a temperature of 30 to 32 degrees. It is now recommended that the water is a little warmer and the bathroom is not daily (although this is also not to be thrown of the hairs).

In addition, they recommended that we put to sleep face-down because by then it was considered that it was the safest position, when now that position is completely contraindicated. As you well know, babies should sleep on their backs (back to back with a mattress) with head cocked, as that way the risk is much lower.

Curious, isn't it?

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