There is to my mind no more important matter for public consideration and action than the one of pure milk-supply, for the manifest reason that on this food product at least 50 per cent. of the present, and probably each succeeding generation, will depend for subsistence.
The best records up to 1910 show that ten bottle-fed babies die to one that is breast-fed. It has been demonstrated, within the past five years especially, that there is no reason to believe that the alimentary canal of the average infant is often incapable of digesting the food necessary for normal growth and development, when the food supplied, even though this is cow's milk, is of suitable quality and quantity; indeed, since strenuous hygienic lines have been drawn by men of our profession in some cities throughout the country the mortality rate has been lowered 20 per cent., and
HOWELL JM. BOTTLED MILK AS A HEALTH MEASUREAND SOME OF THE DIFFICULTIES ENCOUNTERED IN SECURING A PURE MILK-SUPPLY. JAMA. 1910;LIV(15):1199–1201. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.92550410001001f
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