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December 28, 1912


Author Affiliations

Instructor in Pediatrics, Assistant Attending Physician in the Babies' Wards, New York Post-Graduate Medical School and Hospital NEW YORK

JAMA. 1912;LIX(26):2306-2310. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270130012005

There still seems to be a great difference of opinion among pediatrists as to the necessity of carefully computing the number of calories per kilogram or pound weight in every bottle-fed infant. The percentage method of feeding has so thoroughly embedded itself in the minds of American infant-feeders that the caloric requirements are usually entirely ignored or simply used as a check. As a matter of fact, this expression, "used as a check," usually means that the feeder either prescribes the food symptomatically, his experience in feeding having been great enough to allow him to guess at the quantity and strength, or he has certain rules of his own to go by. When the baby is not doing well, he reckons up the calories to see whether that individual child is getting a great deal more food than he needs or perhaps a great deal less. Another expression which is

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