Green clear glass bottle for Mellins Infants Food, no stopper, unsigned, United Kingdom, 1866-1950
Mellin’s Infant Food was invented by Gustav Mellin in 1866. It was a milk modifier used as a substitute for breastfeeding. The formula was made from dried malt and mixed with milk and water. The food was aimed at mothers who could not breastfeed. It was popular in England and the United States. Breastfeeding is recommended because it gives newborn babies all the nutrients they need. It also helps prevent some infections.