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Soon some doctors were proclaiming these foods to be superior to the milk of wet nurses." ---Revolution at the Table: The Transformation of the American Diet, Harvey Levenstein [Oxford University Press: New York] 1988 (p.  NESTLE'S MILK FOOD/SWITZERLAND (powdered) "In 1867, the Swiss merchjant Henri Nestle invented the first artificial infant food, and in 1873, 500,000 boxes of Nestle's Milk Food were sold in the United States as well as in Europe, Argentina, and the Dutch East Indies.By the late 1880s, several brands of mass- produced foods, mostly grain mixtures to be mixed with milk or water, were on the market.Recipes and instructions for feeding babies were sometimes found in cookbooks.These foods were often grouped with invalid cookery. They were generally thought to have similar properties. Finely ground grains (oats, rice, barley) mixed with a liquid are found in most cultures.Ideas regarding amounts, timing, and what consitituted a healthy diet have likewise changed.By the 1920s infant foods, which had grown to encompass ready-made baby cereals, fruits and vegetables, were promoted as convenience items.
Liebig's Food was soon followed by a host of imitators.Smith editor [Oxford University Press: New York] 2004, volume 2 (p.180)  MELLIN'S FOOD/United Kingdom "The exhibits of Mellin's food in the Mechanics and Instituted exhibitions now in progress have attracted the attention of thousands of visitors, and the people are beginning to examine and discuss the suggestive topic which the displays suggest.Example: Cookery for Children, Sarah Josepha Hale, 1852.Food historians generally agree that manufactured baby food, as we know it today, was a byproduct of the European Industrial Revolution.