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Clear green glass bottle for Mellin's Infant Food, United Kingdom, 1866-1950

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Mellin’s Infant Food was invented by Gustav Mellin in 1866. It was a milk modifier used as a substitute for breastfeeding. The formula was made from dried malt and mixed with milk and water. The food was aimed at mothers who could not breastfeed. It was popular in England and the United States. Breastfeeding is recommended because it gives newborn babies all the nutrients they need. It also helps prevent some infections.

Object number:

1983-10 Pt44



Glossary: bottle

Vessels having a neck and mouth considerably narrower than the body, used for packaging and containing liquid and dry preparations

Glossary: feeding

To provide with food or nourishment

Glossary: diarrhoea

Frequent movement of the bowels, commonly in liquid form.