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To the Editor:
—I cannot agree with the statement of Dr. Bliss in his communication to The Journal, May 16. Much controversy has been aroused over the cause and treatment of "inanition fever," and this goes back much farther than the "last two years." A prominent Eastern pediatrician made the statement in the Section on Diseases of Children at the Boston session that "if the Lord intended the baby to have any nourishment the first few days of life He would have supplied it." The answer to this was well put in saying that this is not a question of theology.A large number of infants need something to burn before it is provided by the mother. The gratifying results one sees when fluids, sugar solutions or milk dilutions are given to dehydrated infants more than offsets any danger there may be of the baby later refusing the breast.I
Melgaard BA. "COMPLEMENTARY FEEDING OF NEW-BORN". JAMA. 1925;84(24):1857–1858. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660500065038
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