A young woman nursing a baby, was painted in 1868 by Dutch landscape painter, Jacob Maris. He was living in Paris when he painted this portrait of his wife Catharina Hendrika Horn breastfeeding their first baby, Guillaume [gee-um] who was born in April of 1868 and tragically died the following […]
Learn about the humoral theory and it’s ideas about pregnancy, birth, and infant care including breastfeeding.
Beatrice Baxter Ruyl was a progressive, well-educated woman who came of age at the turn of the 20th century. She worked as an illustrator and author, focusing on depictions of the Zuni Pueblo, but she is best recognized as the subject of breastfeeding photography by Gertrude Kasebier in the early 1900’s.
In 1913, breastfeeding was highly recommended by medical professionals due to the high infant mortality associated with cow milk substitutes. But how were new mothers educated about breastfeeding? The recommendations might surprise you. Boracic acid, anyone?
Imagine a world where there are no books about keeping your baby healthy in your language, even in your country: that was the case in England until Thomas Phaer published “The Boke of Chyldren” in 1544.
It’s difficult to make sure baby stays warm in the winter but imagine living in the arctic full time. Learn how the Inuit have combined baby carrier and coat to keep themselves and their babies warm.
With the talk of which culture has the exclusive rights to this or that, some have wondered if people of European descent should use infant carriers at all. To which I can only groan (and share this post).
It’s not just that human babies are helpless at birth, it’s that they’re so huge, at least when we compare them to the size of other apes’ newborns. Fortunately we have all kinds of technology to help us carry them around. But how far back in history were our evolutionary ancestors dealing with these big babies?
Why is it that some mammals can just leave their babies in a den or nest, while others carry theirs around (or have them cling on) through out the day?
A lot has been said about Okinawan culture in the Attachment Parenting community, let’s set the record straight: from the moms who return to work after a few months maternity leave, to the siblings and grandmothers who strap the baby to their backs as they go about their days, and the hard-knocks school of weaning.