Sucking glass

Object Name: Sucking glass
Manufacturer: unknown
Date Made: 1800-1899
MeSH Code: Medical Subject Headings Breast Feeding
Milk, Human
Infant Food


For centuries, mothers have used a number of tools to relieve the pain of engorged breasts, correct inverted nipples, and increase milk production.  Some of the first breast pumps were found at Greek archeological sites dating from the 6th to 5th centuries BCE.  These dual purpose feeding bottles and breast pumps, called guttus, could be filled with water, placed against the breast, and then drained, creating a vacuum that would draw out...

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