I read that in the middle ages some people believed that cats stole the babies’ breath away
I think this was related to the common fear that cats are drawn to the babies mouths because they smell the milk. Little baby can’t push big tabby away, baby suffocates.
wasn’t there a time that mom’s were told to lay infants on their bellies to prevent SIDS?
My mom was told this and to this day laments loudly about how they were HORRIBLE parents if they didn’t put kids on their bellys, and how they’d prop kids up with towels, etc to keep them from rolling over - just like we do today in reverse since the “new” theory says back is best. I say just let the kids sleep, as long as it isn’t in a overtly unsafe way.
Mom also complains that they were conditioned to think formula was best, and cows milk was good; then 20 years later they said breast is best, and cows milk is horrible; and today they say breast is best and at 1 year old start feeding them whole milk so they get the extra fat to make their brains grow and they will be smarter.
For every “expert” opinion, there is another “expert” saying the exact opposite. For every study “proving” something is bad, there is another study “proving” it’s benefits (or attacking the alternative). I believe everything in moderation and you’ll be fine, as long as you aren’t run over by a bus.