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February 6, 1915

THE NURSING INFANT

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EL PASO, TEXAS

JAMA. 1915;LXIV(6):502-504. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570320026008

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to offer some practical suggestions for the prevention and correction of those far too frequent nutritional disturbances of breast babies due to faulty feeding.

During the first few months of infancy, there is probably more milk than at any other time during the nursing period, and the digestive system of the infant is less developed. If then, at 1 month there is as much milk as at 6, and a 6-months-old baby gets enough for proper nourishment, it is quite evident that the infant under 3 months is apt to overeat.

The infant stomach at 2 weeks holds about 1½ ounces, at 6 weeks 2¼ ounces, at 8 weeks 3⅓ ounces. By nursing every two hours, ten feedings in twenty-four, granting the baby will not take more than the normal stomach capacity (but he takes much more, for almost all infants eat till the

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