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August 9, 1947


Author Affiliations

Lincoln, Neb.; Omaha

From the Department of Home Economics and the Department of Pediatrics, University of Nebraska.

JAMA. 1947;134(15):1215-1216. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880320005002

The use of meat in the diet of infants before the age of 6 to 9 months has not been a general practice, because of the prejudice that meat is hard to digest and because it has not been available in a suitably homogeneous form. With scientific evidence to refute the prejudice and with commercially strained meat now available for use, meat presents itself to the pediatrician and parent as a concentrated source of high quality protein for supplemental feeding at an age when the protein requirement, expressed on the basis of body weight, is at its highest.

Reported here are the results of adding strained meats to the formulas of bottle-fed babies beginning at the age of 6 weeks and continuing for a period of eight weeks. The purpose was twofold: first, to determine the acceptability of and tolerance for meat in infants at an early age; and second,