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July 17, 1926


JAMA. 1926;87(3):137-139. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680030001001

There is no question but that the laity is demanding of the general practitioner a more definite and extended knowledge of infant feeding than he is able to supply at the present time. My object in this paper is to decide whether such bewilderment as at present exists in the minds of the profession is justifiable from the standpoint of facts. In other words, is not every practitioner equipped to feed babies properly if he will use the means at his disposal, and a fair amount of common sense?

What have we, as pediatricians, done to help him in this matter, and how far have the publications of men eminent in the profession gone toward increasing rather than reducing this bewilderment? If one takes up a pediatric journal of the last ten years and looks at the articles on infant feeding one will certainly be impressed, not by the simplicity,

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