Pablum a Canadian Culinary Creation for Infants

Pablum was and is a mass-produced cereal food for infants, created in 1928 by Alan Brown, a Canadian Paediatrician at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Pablum for those of you who are not yet parents, is a finely milled grain, vitamin enriched, Pre-cooked powder, making it easy to Prepare and digest.

Pablum Advert circa. 1950

      Alen Brown
      Canadian Paediatrician
      Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Pablum from 1933

For More Information:

  • Pablum – Wikipedia
    Pablum is a processed cereal for infants originally marketed by the Mead Johnson Company in 1931. The trademarked name is a contracted form of the Latin word pabulum, which means “foodstuff”.
  • The Food Timeline–baby food history notes
    Peoples of all times and places have been feeding their babies. With the exception of mother’s (or wet nurse’s) milk, what was served and how it was made, was a function of culture, cuisine and economic status. Babies in Ancient Egypt thrived on different foods from those in Medieval England, Jomon Japan, 18th century Russia and early 20th century Kenya.
  • Alan Brown – Sickkids
    He was strong, aggressive, domineering, and dedicated. When he first presented himself to the hospital in the fall of 1914, he told the doctors he didn’t like what was happening to babies.
  • Drs. Alan Brown, Fred Tisdal and Theo Drake invent Pablum (1930)
    1930 PABLUM, the first ready-to-use vitamin and mineral enriched baby cereal was invented by Drs. Brown, Tisdall and Drake.
  • The Canadian Cereal Pablum – Canadiana Connection
    Goo goo ga ga … whoops, sorry, we were just talking baby talk. Actually, that’s not so far off the subject of this article! Though acquired by H. J. Heinz Company in 2005, from the time of its invention to that point, Pablum was largely an all-Canadian venture.

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