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Making Milk: Breast Pumps and Galactagogues in Enlightenment Europe

Verwaal, R., 26-Apr-2017.

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Early modern mothers did not like to breastfeed. Many young mothers did not produce enough, suffered from sore nipples, or they wanted to be liberated from this time-consuming practice and fulfil their social and sexual duties. Yet on the basis of medical and chemical studies, physicians were passionately convinced of the benefits of milk and maternal breastfeeding. This paper argues that 18th-century physicians developed new strategies to remedy this widespread antipathy against mother’s milk. Besides applying rhetoric in poems and popular how to-books, doctors promoted maternal breastfeeding by developing new galactagogues (drugs that increased lactation) and innovative breast pumps.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 26-Apr-2017
EventStipendiatenkolloquium: Herzog-Ernst-Stipendienprogramms - Seminarraum im Pagenhaus, Schloss Friedenstein, Gotha, Germany
Duration: 26-Apr-201726-Apr-2017
https://www.uni-erfurt.de/de/forschungszentrum-gotha/herzog-ernst-stipendien/stipendiaten-2017/projekt-von-ruben-verwaal-ma/

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SeminarStipendiatenkolloquium
CountryGermany
CityGotha
Period26/04/201726/04/2017
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Stipendiatenkolloquium: Herzog-Ernst-Stipendienprogramms

26/04/201726/04/2017

Gotha, Germany

Event: Seminar

    Keywords

  • milk

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