Breastfeeding Causes Blindness

April Fools!! 🙂

But did you know that people used to believe that? It makes me wonder why — probably some time the only blind person somebody knew was an old wet-nurse, and it was just coincidence… but the “causation” was apparent enough to the observer. The fact that most wet-nurses did not become blind, and the fact that most blind people were not wet-nurses was irrelevant — “everybody knew” that breastfeeding could make you go blind.

This was one reason why upper-class women hired wet-nurses — so that they themselves wouldn’t go blind. Isn’t that ridiculous?

Yet how many other superstitions have persisted?

Click here for another April Fool’s Day post. Funny until it becomes true.


3 Responses

  1. Ha! You got me! Thanks for the warning…. I always fall for April Fool’s jokes.

  2. p.s. I LOVED that article you linked to… I had to post it on my blog. Unfortunately it’s from last year, but even so! 🙂

  3. After nursing two kids for two years straight, I was wondering why my vision was starting to go fuzzy. The formula companies may start using your post as an ad campaign.

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