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October 11, 1947


JAMA. 1947;135(6):340-342. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02890060020005

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Considerable interest has recently been shown in the value of what has been termed the self-demand method of feeding infants. However, this term brings to mind a sort of autocratic, unlawful behavior whereas, according to our ideas, what we choose to call the self-regulating method is consonant with the democratic society of which the children are a part and with basic physiologic laws.

The data reported here have to do with the intervals of feeding chosen throughout the first year and with the appetites and attained heights and weights at 1 year of age. Information such as that concerning the formation of other habits and unapproved behavior will be reported later.

THE GROUP STUDIED  In this paper we report our experience in feeding 668 infants up to their first birthday by the self-regulating method. These comprise all the Rochester babies born in 1944 and 1945 for whom one year summaries

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