January 1981

Breast-Feeding: A Guide for the Medical Profession

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics The University of Chicago Chicago, IL 60637
College of Arts and Sciences Northeastern Illinois University Chicago, IL 60625


by Ruth A. Lawrence, 367 pp, 110 illus, $13.95, St Louis, CV Mosby Co, 1980.

Am J Dis Child. 1981;135(1):88-89. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1981.02130250074035

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Although several well-written, mother-oriented texts offering practical advice on breast-feeding have been available for many years, few physicians look to them for guidance. This book attempts to meet the urgent need for a readily accessible source of information on both the science and the practice of breast-feeding that will be acceptable to physicians.

Although not responsible for physicians' generally negative attitudes toward breast-feeding, the absence of a good reference work is certainly a contributing factor. As strong supporters of human-milk-feeding, we welcomed the arrival of a book promising a comprehensive, up-to-date review of both the science of human lactation and its application.

Dr Lawrence intends an extremely comprehensive text, with nearly 100 pages devoted to basic issues of anatomy, biochemistry, immunology, and physiology and 200 pages devoted to clinical considerations. A 57-page appendix includes a variety of material, ranging from growth curves to suggested history forms to lists of organizations

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