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August 11, 1917

PROBLEMS CONNECTED WITH THE COLLECTION AND PRODUCTION OF HUMAN MILK

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(6):421-429. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590330005003
Abstract

The failure of many mothers to secrete a sufficient quantity of milk to nourish their babies has been the subject of much discussion. Little has been written on the ability of many mothers to produce milk far in excess of the need of their offspring. This ability to produce an excess quantity lays on us the responsibility for its utilization, especially in view of the fact that many infants would thrive much better if at least a portion of their food could be supplied by human milk.

In our country it is estimated that 2,500,000 babies are born yearly, and with each birth there is the potential mechanism for supplying the necessary nourishment during the first nine months or a year. We have here not only a great life-giving provision, but also one of great economic importance. It is reported by Lucas, in his recent work in Belgium, that he

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