Moms Are Flabbergasted After Reading Hospital’s Instructions For New Mothers From 1968

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Since 1968 Parenting has changed massively, as this viral set of instructions makes very clear. Micala Gabrielle Henson read a list of rules written by a hospital in 1968,for new mothers.

In her opinion the list was “hilarious and crazy,” people agreed, the post wasn’t long before going viral.

Many of the instructions on the list are clearly out of date. One rule is that no fathers are allowed to be on the delivery floor while mothers are nursing , and smoking is prohibited while the baby is inside the hospital room.

Other instructions on the list are challenging to understand. “During first twenty-four hours, allow baby to nurse 5 minutes only,” one instruction says. Yes, you read that right. Five minutes of nursing. That’s it! Also, new moms had to adhere to a long list of forbidden foods.


Since the 1960s, it’s nothing new that life has changed massively, and parenting is no exception. Many common practices from back then would be completely strange to parents nowadays.

Nothing makes that clearer than this set of instructions for new mothers, given out by a hospital in 1968. Micala Gabrielle Henson put the list on Facebook after her mother came across it while cleaning.

“It gave me a chuckle,” Said Micala. “How things have changed! This is from 1968! How cool! Thank goodness things have changed, I can’t imagine!”

The post went viral, and it’s easy to see why. These instructions are shocking in various different ways. To begin, there’s the nursing and feeding instructions. “Baby will come to mother for feeding 9-10 A.M., 1-2 P.M., 5:30-6:30 P.M., 9-10 P.M.,”read the instructions.

As the instructions say, babies should nurse for only five minutes during the first 24 hours. The next day, they get seven minutes. On the fourth and fifth days, that increases to 15 minutes. In 1968, it comes across that mothers’ nipples were more of a priority than the whole feeding-the-baby thing?

If Baby Nurses Longer It May Cause The Nipple To Become Sore,” explains the instructions. The mothers who are not breastfeeding, nurses will get the formula ready and have it to you by feeding times.

Another amazing part of the instructions: all of the things that are banned during this period. First, no visitors are allowed on the floor during nursing periods. Not even dads!

Second, smoking is explicitly prohibited — but only while the baby is in the room. What a different time.

Also, there’s a big list of foods that new mothers are not allowed to eat. This section is in all caps, which is how you know it’s important. No chocolate candy is allowed. Also, no raw apples, strawberries, or cherries.

Other foods on the not allowed list include nuts, onions, and green coconut cake.

This whole list was written for mothers who were still in the hospital after birth. It implies that moms were allowed (or even encouraged) to hang out in the hospital for a while post-birth, which is very much not the case today.

I just thought it was a very cool piece of history,” Micala explained. “I also thought it was hilarious and crazy!”

Lots of replies agree “Holy cow!” said one commenter. Another wrote, “Wow! I’m surprised we all survived.” This list definitely proves that parents today have a very different experience than parents in the 1960s.

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