A list of rules and instructions  handed out by a hospital in 1968 to mums who have just given birth have gone viral on social media.

The strict set of instructions was originally shared to Facebook by a mum, before being quickly picked up and posted by multiple pages and groups.

A couple of the most shocking instructions include the restricted times a mother is allowed to see her baby, “Please do not ask to see baby at any other time”.

And no one, including the father is allowed in the room during nursing times, which happen at strict intervals throughout the day for one hour at a time.

baby instructions

Thank goodness times have changed!

As you can imagine social media did not react well to the rules.

“They lost me at ‘please do not ask to see baby at any other time’ like wtf you talking to? That’s mine,” one mum commented.

“I draw the line at ‘do not eat chocolate candy’. After dealing with gestational diabetes during my ENTIRE pregnancy, they would have had to pry my M&Ms out of my cold, dead hands.

“Is this why baby boomers are so angry,” another mum shared.

“I still think it’s a miracle anyone from that time successfully breastfed. These instructions are insane,” read another comment.

Share your comments below

  • Umm wow… How many screaming, hungry babies did they have? And seems like no time for bonding with the parents. Would’ve been a good rest for the mums though, seems the nursery staff did most of the looking after. I’m so glad times have changed.


  • So glad it is not like that anymore.


  • That is genuinely what happened in those days – current mums are just so lucky.


  • Wow, that’s crazy ????


  • We’re obviously very lucky that times have changed. Imagine how it would have been for new mothers back then. A little empathy required, I think.


  • Glad things have changed !


  • Mum and Grandma shared their experiences with me after my firt baby. I had trouble breastfeeding after a few weeks and had a wonderful nurse help – something Mum said wasn’t abailable and how very lucky I was ( and I knew it). So glad things have changed!


  • Wow. Things have changed and become more relaxed (for the better I believe) but I can agree on one thing, no smoking in the room where the baby is.


  • Only rule that makes sense is the “no smoking while baby is in the room rule”!


  • Wow, all of these rules


  • The strict intervals for baby to be allowed to feed is insane!


  • Wow! It wasn’t even that long ago.


  • Very intense rules but I guess that’s all they knew. Very glad things have changed.


  • ….and they would have thought that they were doing the best that they could for the mothers and babies.


  • Such different times


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