Artificial feeding

Artificial feeding simply describes the fact that the infant is not being feed naturally and easily at the breast of a lactating woman. Today it could mean that the infant is sick and has an intravenous supply of water and nutrients going direct into the veins, or it could be a naso-gastric tube direct to the stomach. Historically, infants who were at risk did receive a variety of foods by other means eg pre-mastication by adult, in hope of achieving infant survival. The health of infants is very important to any human tribe, especially if the survival of the tribe is at risk because of infectious diseases and high infant mortality.

Today, some health professionals use the term ‘artificial feeding’ to differentiate it from bottle/teat feeding, and/or formula feeding. The milk container is ‘artificial’ – a bottle replaces the breast.