The Family took co-parenting very seriously
At one point there were several children living with the Family. They were not all Manson's biological children – the years of unprotected group sex resulted multiple pregnancies. Additionally, some members, like Linda Kasabian – the lookout during the Tate murders – brought their children with them to Spahn Ranch when they joined. Similar to more traditional communes, the children in the Family were raised collectively by the members. An extreme example of this is when they were incarcerated in October 1969, the girls took turns suckling one of the members, Sandra Good, who had been breastfeeding a her young child before the arrest.
"The baby had been taken away, and in our way of thinking, this was an affront to all of us, just another way for the pigs to keep us down," Lake writes. "We helped Sandy by taking turns nursing at her breasts. It didn't seem unnatural to partake of her baby's food, because we were helping her maintain nourishment for one of our own." This would be one of Lake's final acts as a member of the Family.