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July 18, 1891

NATURE'S FOOD.

JAMA. 1891;XVII(3):118. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410810034004

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Abstract

Nature's food for the infant is the milk of the mother. That it is the best food for the infant is accepted by all. But this means that it is the best food for the healthy infant. Nature has not provided a food for the sick child, particularly not for the child suffering from bowel disorders. Statistics abundantly prove that a large majority of the infants dying from the bowel disorders of summer are to be found among those who have been deprived more or less completely of their natural nourishment. From this undisputed fact it has been too often inferred that the proper food for the child affected with summer complaint is mother's milk, or in its absence that substitute which may be supposed most closely to resemble it. This is clearly a non sequitur. The conclusion should have been that the natural method of feeding the infant is

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