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December 5, 1925


JAMA. 1925;85(23):1812-1813. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670230044014

To a person confronted for the first time with the problem of the artificial feeding of infants, the multiplicity of recommendations, many of which claim to be based on "expert" testimony and trial, must tend to be bewildering. He is likely to wonder why and how such seemingly unlike prescriptions could have been suggested for a common need; he can scarcely avoid at least the preliminary conclusion that infant feeding is a practice guided by unconcealed empiricism rather than scientific rationale; he may even doubt the propriety of the dictum that "feeding must be a matter of principle and not of impulse." It has been said that the ordinary problem in artificial feeding is one of adapting cow's milk to the digestive tract of the baby and at the same time providing, as far as possible, a normal supply of all the essentials for nutrition and growth. There are many