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December 6, 1947

THE ADVISABILITY OF BREAST FEEDING: A Survey of the Subcommittee of the Committee on Maternal and Child Feeding, National Research Council

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Rochester, Minn.

JAMA. 1947;135(14):915-916. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02890140035008
Abstract

To clarify the opinions on the subject of the advisability of breast feeding, the material in this article has been collected under four headings: first, the advantages of breast milk as a specific food for infants; second, the advantages of breast feeding as a technic in child care; third, the objections and contraindications to breast feeding, and fourth, conclusions.

BREAST MILK AS A SPECIFIC FOOD  Breast milk as a specific food for babies contains adequate quantities of food elements for good nutrition in the early months of life, provided that it is sufficient in amount and that the mother eats a good diet during pregnancy and the lactation period. It is probable that after the first few weeks other foods and vitamin supplements should be added to the baby's diet, from both the nutritional aspect and that of establishment of good food habits.Breast milk L to

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