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Inventing Baby Food

Amy Bentley


Food consumption is a significant and complex social activity—and what a society chooses to feed its children reveals much about its tastes and ideas regarding health. In this groundbreaking historical work, Amy Bentley explores how the invention of commercial baby food shaped American notions of infancy and influenced the evolution of parental and pediatric care. Until the late nineteenth century, infants were almost exclusively fed breast milk. But over the course of a few short decades, Americans began feeding their babies formula and solid foods, frequently as early as a few weeks after bi ... More

Keywords: baby formula, breast-bottle controversy, nutrition, taste, industrial food production

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780520277373
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520277373.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amy Bentley, author
New York University