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July 8, 1974

Bottle or Breast Feeding of Infants

JAMA. 1974;229(2):141-142. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230400017019

To the Editor.—  Breast feeding in human beings has been the subject of much controversy in the 20th century. Our rapid technological advances have enabled men and women to adapt their bodies and psyches to unusual, if not unnatural, situations. Only too often, we have lost connection with our usual and natural body/mind instincts and traits. We have seen this happen in the changeover from breast (natural) feeding to bottle (artificial) feeding. We have helped ourselves along this path of self-abnegation and self-destruction by heeding the high-powered advertising of commercial industries in many areas of our lives (eg, infant formulas, baby foods, dairy products, breads, cigarettes).The time has almost elapsed for humanity to look hard at its self-destructive and wasteful habits and practices and policies. In the area of feeding human infants, we must change back to emphasis on breast feeding. I feel that the most important reason is