In 1867 Henre Nestle of Switzerland invented the first artificial infant food, Nestle's Milk Food.
In 1920 about 80% of American babies were breast fed at 1 week of age. By 1948 the number was 38% and by 1956 this was down to 18%. By the mid 1980s breast feeding was back up to 60% and by 2000 it was 67%.
In 1931 Beech-Nut introduced their strained baby food in glass jars (other companies used tin cans).
Never give honey to infants under 1 year old, as honey may contain Clostridium botulinum spores to which infants have very little resistance. Once ingested, these spores may germinate and release deadly toxins. Once infants are a year or so old, they have developed some resistance to botulinum spores.
Americans spend four times more on pet food than on baby food.
The protein in almonds is more like the proteins in human breast milk of all the seeds and nuts, which is why it is the choice of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine as the base for its baby formula.
Daniel Gerber, a Michigan food processor, was inspired to found Gerber Baby Foods company in 1927 when his doctor told him to feed his sick daughter Sally strained peas. At the time baby foods were expensive and only available in pharmacies in limited parts of the U.S.
Real Baby Food. Supposedly, when U.S. companies begin marketing their products in Africa, it is common practice to have a picture on the label of what is inside, since most people there can not read English. Gerber Baby Food was not aware of this, and ran into a problem, since the photo on their label is of a cute Caucasian baby.
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