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Posted on: Tue, 10/24/2006 - 3:06am
LaurensMom's picture
Joined: 05/23/2001 - 09:00

Born in 1968, younger brother 1969. Myself and 3 siblings bottle fed. Younger brother had severe asthma and F/A unknown - he ate as much all natural as my mother could find and that seemed to help. Older sister had problems with milk and still does but it has never been diagnosed as an allergy. I had eczema and citrus allergies - so they thought.

Posted on: Tue, 10/24/2006 - 4:48am
margaret's picture
Joined: 11/01/2000 - 09:00

1972 formula

Posted on: Tue, 10/24/2006 - 4:54am
JenniferKSwan's picture
Joined: 06/19/2006 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by saknjmom:
[b][quote]Originally posted by JenniferKSwan:
[B]Born in 1973 was bottlefed. My mom was bottlefed the "formula concoction" - evaporated milk, water and corn syrup.
I remember my mil talking about some concoction with corn syrup that she fed my DH and his siblings. I always thought she was either not remembering correctly or half out of her mind.
I called her today after I saw your post and sure enough, that's the same ingredients she used. DS and siblings were born 1967--1972.[/b]
A teaspoon or so of corn syrup was added to keep infants from getting constipated. The prescribed the same thing to me when my breastfed son would only poop every ten days or so - I passed as he wasn't uncomfortable. Wonder if more kids reacted to milk than was originally first thought??
Mommy to Aiden (1/26/05) PA,wheat,barley,soy,egg and others yet to be discovered and Connor (7/21/06) with possible egg allergy

Posted on: Tue, 10/24/2006 - 5:21am
JacksonsMom's picture
Joined: 07/21/2002 - 09:00

I love this thread... always researching for answers as to what is causing this huge increase in FA's.
Me - 1971 - formula fed exclusively. I have no food allergies.

Posted on: Tue, 10/24/2006 - 5:24am
pitterpat's picture
Joined: 02/04/2006 - 09:00

1975 and formula fed.
However, dh's family is all bf all the way from all generations each child until age 2-3 and dh's sis has pa, too.
Who knows what this means? Interesting to think about though.

Posted on: Tue, 10/24/2006 - 6:28am
Adele's picture
Joined: 01/31/2005 - 09:00

According to my mother, In New Zealand around the time I was born - 1949, most babies were breast fed. Bottle feeding wasn't really an option.
When we came to the U.S. in the 1960's, I remember my mother noticing that few American babies were breast fed for more than a month or 6 weeks.
Post WWII in the U.S. Dr. Spock was the baby guru...and he had a big impact on the increase in bottle feeding in the U.S. By the mid-50's, only 20% of American women nursed their babies. It's not that Spock was opposed to breastfeeding but he believed that children should be on a schedule. Thou shalt feed thy baby every four hours! As successful breastfeeding is supply and demand, an entire generation of women suddenly 'didn't have enough milk'.
Saknjmom said that when she was born in 1967, breast feeding wasn't in vogue. But this was the beginning of the hippie era when we all went back to nature. By the time the hippie generation was in full swing, (1969-1870?) natural childbirth and breastfeeding became popular.
La Leche was becoming well known. We were told to nurse on demand, and suddenly the number of breast fed babies jumped dramatically.
When my son was born in 1975, my MIL was almost disturbed when I breast fed him. Sometimes when I was shopping I would stop nurse DS in a woman's lounge that was inside the ladies room in a department store.
It was interesting to watch the reactions. Older women that had their babies pre WWII would smile at me - they'd sometimes come over and talk to me. One lady even lifted the blanket I had over my son so that she could see him nursing.
The majority of women who were my mother's generation (the Spock generation) who had their babies post WWII, would glance at me, realize what I was doing, and quickly look away.
Anyway - to make a long story short.....
New Zealand is a dairy country, so even my father's generation (b. 1922) were milk drinkers and the majority of babies were breastfed.
It is my understanding that peanut allergy is as common in NZ as it is here.
[This message has been edited by Adele (edited October 24, 2006).]

Posted on: Tue, 10/24/2006 - 7:03am
bethc's picture
Joined: 04/18/2005 - 09:00

Regarding milk drinking in America, it wasn't a new thing in 1910. Some of the very first American settlers brought cows from Europe for both milk and meat. Many people on farms had cows for milk for their own families before 1900. It didn't work well to sell it in cities because it didn't keep, although they did sell it anyway. Plus you have to consider that Americans did eat butter, cheese, and occasionally ice cream before the 20th century. But the Dairy Division, I think it was called, of the USDA was established in 1895 to create standards, because before that there were factory farms of dairy cows being kept indoors and fed poor diets, and unsafe milk was being sold to city people. 1895 is also when they started pasteurizing milk for commercial use. I don't know about quantities of milk that Americans consumed. After all, if you had one cow, you wouldn't have milk for a while when she went dry. But milk products were definitely consumed in the U.S. before the 20th century, because it's a very old practice in Europe and the Middle East. Some people would say that pasteurization is the problem. But then you can die from drinking unpasteurized milk.

Posted on: Tue, 10/24/2006 - 11:04pm
lalow's picture
Joined: 03/24/2004 - 09:00

i was breast fed for a month or so then formula. my father was bottle fed and so was my mother. my dad had a milk allergy and was given goats milk as a baby (or some stories say buttermilk but that wouldnt make sence).
James 4 yrs, NKA
Ben 3 yrs, PA and MA and SA

Posted on: Tue, 10/24/2006 - 11:23pm
krc's picture
Joined: 01/16/2007 - 09:00

Born in 75--BF for 12 mos. My mom also started me on cereal at 6weeks!! (She says that is what the doctors said to do to keep babies full and help them sleep at night)
Apparantly I was a very unhappy baby and cried constantly. I myself don't have any food allergies, only seasonal and cats.

Posted on: Tue, 10/24/2006 - 11:29pm
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Joined: 03/26/2002 - 09:00

I was bottlefed after one day of my mother trying to breastfeed. Something she says was painful , and horrible, due to her inverted nipples. My mum said that the midwives more or less forced her to try, and she really didnt want to.
Anyway I had ezcema more or less straight away. I was born 1966, and I think salt was still added to formula at this time.
My mother was breast fed for three months, then fed evaporated milk with a a grain boiled in the milk ( millet I think)
this mixture would continue until a year, along with introduction of soilds.
This was all homecooked food mashed with a fork. Salt and sugar added. Bottles of warm milky tea were given as well.Meat was given early, shreds of roast beef etc.
Brandy and brown sugar were given as a cure for constipation. ( something that my mother tried for me as well!!)
Also my mother grew up drinking the water that vegetables were boiled in. She has memories of drinking the water from cooking spring greens. Something she also finds disgusting!! ( i dont blame her either, yuk!)
My grandfather had a wet nurse for some months after birth, and then fed bottles of evaporated milk. He had ezcema as well. He was thought to have been lucky to have survived being fed by 'hand', esp as he was a sickly infant. ( i have found out plenty of family secrets while researching family history!)
On my fathers side, they were all breastfed for 6 months then fed ordinary cows milk, boiled first before pouring in to bottles when cooled.
My grandmother was very proud of her breasts, and said that even though she fed all her children, her breasts were plump and juicy like a 20 yr old ( she was 90 at the time) she would often ask be to squeeze them as proof. I plan to be as nutty as her when i reach her age. Self delusion can have its benifits!!
On my mothers side is a lot of atopic diseases.


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