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November 19, 1927


JAMA. 1927;89(21):1802. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690210068030

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To the Editor:  —Dr. Richardson's efforts in behalf of breast feeding are well known in New York and I have read with interest his recent contribution, but I cannot agree with him in one of the conclusions he presents in his article (Progress of Breast Feeding in New York State, The Journal, October 29), in which he states that "whereas the general practitioner usually welcomes the new teaching with real enthusiasm, the pediatrician is apt to be harder to convince." This is not borne out by my experience, and my close association with obstetricians and maternity hospitals gives me an opposite, point of view. At Manhattan Maternity, where there were 1,155 babies born in 1926, 70 per cent were breast fed. Of sixty-seven women reported in October, fifty-six were nursing their babies. At the Woman's Hospital, careful observations are made on nursing periods and the quantity taken at each nursing.

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