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Tracing the history of feeding bubs

Breast or bottle? It is one of the most important decisions a new mother can make and the inspiration behind a unique study by a University of Queensland researcher.

Virginia Thorley has just completed a study into the history of infant feeding in 20th Century Australia through UQ's School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics, the first such study of the entire century.

"A lot of people think the current trend back to breastfeeding is only a recent development," Ms Thorley said.

"But as far back as the 1920s medical experts saw artificial feeding as old fashioned and recommended breastfeeding, but only until nine months."

A lactation consultant and founder of the Queensland branch of the Nursing Mothers' Association (now the Australian Breastfeeding Association), Ms Thorley said it was interesting seeing some of the trends in feeding babies over the past 100 years.

"Some of the best material for my research came from advertising in popular magazines and advice columns, as this was where beliefs passed on by word of mouth left a footprint that would otherwise have been hard to find," Ms Thorley said.

"A lot of ads drew on the ideas that were already out in the community. "

So contrary to what people think about the advertisers telling people what to think, they actually were reflecting established ideas and fears.

"Unfortunately instead of allaying fears they encouraged them, such as the fear that mothers' milk might fail or not be enough nutrition for babies on its own.

"Of course that was coming from the makers of baby milks and the starchy 'patent' foods, but it was very powerful and influenced a lot of women for a long time."

She said part of her inspiration to get into the area of infant feeding stemmed from when she had her first child.

"I really had some appalling advice from professional people," she said.

"So I thought there must be other mother
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Contact: Virginia Thorley
61-73-399-7616
Research Australia
12-May-2006


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