#Newbookprogress – Rationing and babies during WWII
In Britain during WWII rationing of food was introduced. Every person was issued with a ration book.
The colour of your ration book was very important as it made sure you go the right amount and types of food needed for your health.
Buff-coloured ration books – Most adults had this colour;
Green ration books – Pregnant women, nursing mothers and children under five years old. They had the first choice of fruit, a daily pint of milk and a double supply of eggs; and
Blue ration books – Children between five and sixteen years old. It was felt important that children had fruit, the full meat ration and half a pint of milk daily.
The following extract from my new WIP, While the Buzz Bombs Fell, relates to the feeding and care of babies during WWII:
“Nurse Patrick often rode her bicycle through the town, stopping off to speak to the mothers whose children she had delivered. “Hello, Laura, how is the baby?” she would ask, looking into the pram at the latest edition to Elsie’s family.
Every week the young mothers met at the baby clinic in the Church hall to have their babies weighted. They would have a cup of tea and chat with each other.
Free concentrated orange juice and free rosehip syrup, which had to be diluted with boiled water, was given out for the babies to help them get the necessary vitamins during the war-time rationing period.
Elsie was most interested in the rosehip syrup because the school children had been asked to collect wild rosehips and bring them to school. They were collected by organisations that made them into rosehip syrup
Mother also fed Teddy with national dried milk which she bought at the chemist.
This was made from full cream milk that was roller dried to a powder and fortified with vitamin D. Her mother needed ration coupons to buy the milk but sometimes a tin would go past the “Not for consumption after ….” date. When this happened, a lucky shopper could buy the milk off-ration, so Elsie’s mother always checked the dates carefully when she bought the milk.”
Here is picture of the cows illustration from How the Buzz Bombs Fell: