Friday, May 18, 2012

My Mother's Day & OMG: A 19th Century Breast Pump

For Mother's Day we visited one of my favorite places ever - Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts. It had been at least 15 years since I last traveled there, but I remembered almost everything perfectly. OSV is one of the country’s oldest and largest living history museums, depicting early New England life from 1790-1840 with historians in costume, antique buildings, water-powered mills, and a working farm.

Just arriving - you can see how excited Carina is
I'm so glad she doesn't have my nose
Mike and his brother playing with the colonial kiddie games
Me and my mans
An early 19th century breast pump

Mike spied this in the glassware exhibit. My best guess is that the cup on the end goes over your breast, and you suck on the tube? I really feel for the early 19th century Mommas; this does not look comfortable or efficient. I would imagine that it felt pretty weird to suck out your own breast milk, as well. Of course that's just a guess...I have no desire to try. Seeing this certainly made for an interesting end to a fantastic day.

So...anyone want to give this sucker a shot? ;)
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