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February 19, 1982

Malnutrition and Hypernatremic Dehydration in Breast-Fed Infants

JAMA. 1982;247(7):1016-1017. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320320052031

Despite the well-recognized advantages of breast-feeding to both mother and child, malnutrition of breast-fed infants can occur. We report two cases of breast-fed infants with cachexia, hypernatremia, and, in the one case in which it was measured, an elevated level of breast-milk sodium. These cases, along with several reported previously, emphasize the need for proper education and close and early follow-up of the nursing mother and infant, especially since a lack of parental awareness can be part of this syndrome.

(JAMA 1982;247:1016-1017)