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August 27, 1938

Feeding Behavior of Infants: A Pediatric Approach to the Mental Hygiene of Early Life

JAMA. 1938;111(9):869. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790350109032

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Abstract

This volume is devoted to the behavior aspects of infant feeding. It deals particularly with normal feeding behavior and minor deviations from it. The material in the first section of the book is based on a study of the general behavior development of normal children within the period from birth to six years. Then follow chapters covering the motor mechanisms of feeding, including suckling, mastication and swallowing. There is a description of the implements and technics of feeding, breast and bottle behavior, and behavior with spoon, cup, mouth and hands. The third section deals with the regulation of feeding behavior, while in the appendix there are included illustrative biographies. One of the most common problems facing the pediatrician are difficulties in the feeding of infants. The material in this book should aid him in meeting these problems. The descriptions of normal behavior will also guide the physician in directing the

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