April 11, 1931


JAMA. 1931;96(15):1231-1232. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720410041016

The belief in the superiority of breast feeding for the well being of infants seems to be so firmly established in the teaching of pediatrics in this country that it requires no detailed defense. The breast-fed baby "not only has a better chance of surviving the perilous first year but of growing to manhood as well."1 It may as well be frankly admitted, however, that breast feeding has become irksome if not actually difficult for many mothers of the present generation. There is considerable cheer, therefore, in the increasing evidence that artificial feeding can be made far more safe and satisfactory than seemed to be the case in former times. This is not in any sense to be accepted as an argument against breast feeding but rather as a consolation, so to speak, in prospects in which a change in the mode of nutrition of the infant either becomes

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