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May 1926


Am J Dis Child. 1926;31(5):719. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1926.04130050119012

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The Massachusetts Department of Health requests the cooperation of the medical profession in the establishment of breast feeding demonstrations in four cities and towns, which have been selected because the public health nursing is well organized in those communities. The object is to show that it is possible and desirable to increase the percentage of breast fed babies, the plan is to secure the consent of each physician to have their patients visited by a public health nurse who will see every mother two weeks after the birth. A "form" as a reminder of breast feeding will then be sent to the mother monthly, and will include a return form; every mother who fails to return the form or signifies thereon any difficulties in feeding will be visited by the nurse, and every mother will also be visited when the baby is six months of age.

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