Murder Bottles

Nourishing Death

Many Victorian mothers, while intending to provide the best food and feeding methods for their infants, tragically caused the deaths of their own little ones.

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There were numerous hidden killers during this time: wallpaper, toys, health remedies and the newly developed feeding bottles for infants. 

There were many benefits to the new bottles that made them extremely appealing to mothers. In an age when corsets were all the rage and nursing a baby, even with a maternity or nursing corset, was considered a “challenge” to some, and maintaining your picture perfect home and personal appearance was incredibly time consuming, a device that allowed baby to pretty much feed him/herself could seem like a Godsend. 

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The bottles were made of glass or earthenware. Attached to the bottle was a length of rubber tubing and a nipple. The bottles, with appealing names such as “Mummies Darling” or “The Empire” also proved…

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