You don't often see kids being fed from cows' horns these days. When infants were admitted to the Foundling Hospital, these feeding horns frequently came in use
Since its foundation by the sea captain Thomas Coram in 1739, one of the Foundling Hospital’s key worries over the children it cared for was ensuring they were fed.
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Cow horns, which became a popular method with which to feed kids during the Middle Ages, were used as a device under the advice of the College of Physicians.
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The governors decided that, where possible, all children should be “dry” nursed – hand-fed on mixtures of softened bread or rice mixed with broth or cow’s milk, using a feeding horn, spoon or pap boat.
This changed in later years when the children were sent to the country to be wet nursed.
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- Feeding the 400 is at the Foundling Museum, London from September 23 2016 – January 8 2017.
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