There are various reasons for considering the history of infant feeding in the latter half of the eighteenth century. During this period many changes took place in methods of feeding, which finally resulted in something approaching those of modern times. Books on pediatrics, which had previously been scarce and which had contained few details concerning modes of feeding, became more plentiful, and can even now be readily obtained by the private collector. These give detailed accounts of the methods of preparing and of the utensils used in feeding the many different mixtures. A representative collection of these feeding bottles can be obtained from European dealers at a small outlay.
A knowledge of the infant mortality of the period is obtained from the following extract:
In the year 1767 in consequence of the humane suggestions of Mr. Jonas Hanway, an act of parliament was passed, obliging the parish officers of London