1865: a chemist named Justus von Liebig created the first known patented baby formula. It was initially made in a liquid form and then he developed a powdered form that would keep for longer.
Von Liebig’s baby formula consisted of cow’s milk, wheat and malt flour, and potassium bicarbonate.
1883: Evaporated milk was developed. The use of evaporated milk allowed food to be transported and stored without spoiling.
This huge breakthrough for food sterilization made the way for 27 patented types of baby formula brands to emerge that year.
1896: As baby formulas became more popular and well received, a simpler, open-ended, boat-shaped bottle was developed in England. This glass bottle became very popular and was sold well into the 1950’s.
1910: Emphasis was being placed on cleanliness and quality, including providing better care for dairy cattle and forming infant milk clinics to disburse clean milk to the public.
1929: The first soy formula was introduced. Unfortunately, this baby formula lacked vital nutrients, particularly vitamins.