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July 14, 1900


Author Affiliations

Professor of Diseases of Children at the New York Post-Graduate Medical School and Hospital. NEW YORK CITY.

JAMA. 1900;XXXV(2):71-74. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24620280007001a

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The question of the home preparation of an infant's food is one that occasions more or less difficulty to the average practitioner. Very little disturbance of digestion is caused by average breast milk but when it comes to bottle-feeding, trouble often appears, and here the physician has abundant opportunity to show his knowledge of dietetics. There is no end to the number of the so-called "perfect substitute for mother's milk" that are widely advertised, but the mainstay of successful bottle-feeding is good cow's milk. Anything else must be only a temporary substitute. The infants who can not take properly prepared cow's milk are very rare. The trouble often comes from the inability of the physician to properly modify the milk, so as to make it suitable for the case in hand. It is impossible to lay down fixed rules for infant-feeding, as each case must be treated by itself, but

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