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These included Liebig's Food, Carnick's Soluble Food, Eskay's Albumenized Food, Imperial Granum, Wagner's Infant Food and Mellin's Food.
Mellin's was perhaps the most widely used." ---Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America, Andrew F.
Some contained dried milk and called only for the addition of water.
Others, like Liebig's original formula, were to be added to diluted milk.
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.
Then, as now, there was much controversy regarding the use of artifical baby food.
If indeed foods were constituted of protein, carbohydrates, and fats, could these nutrients not be combined into a replica of mother's milk?
Thus, in 1867 the Baron introduced Liebig's Soluble Food for Babies in the European market.
Babies in Ancient Egypt thrived on different foods from those in Medieval England, Jomon Japan, 18th century Russia and early 20th century Kenya.
Up until the middle of the 19th century [in industrialized nations] infant food was generally made at home.