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April 9, 1904

WHY IS THE ABILITY OF MOTHERS TO NURSE THEIR CHILDREN DISAPPEARING?

JAMA. 1904;XLII(15):958. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490600024004
Abstract

That the ability of women to nurse their children is diminishing with great rapidity is a fact noted by all physicians, although it may be attributed to various causes. Professor Bunge of Basel has recently published1 the results of his study into the causes underlying the loss of this important function, a loss which, he states, affects more than half of the women living in the cities of central Europe. He has collected statistics from physicians, chiefly in Germany, concerning the following points: Number of children borne by the woman; number of children she was able to nurse for nine months each—if unable to nurse, why; number of children borne by her mother; how many her mother could nurse; alcoholism in father and mother. Answers were received covering 1,629 cases, sufficient to enable Bunge to draw conclusions with safety. The women who could nurse their children without having to supplement

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