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May 1920


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Associate in Diseases of Children, Medical Department, University of Pennsylvania PHILADELPHIA

Am J Dis Child. 1920;19(5):386-387. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1920.01910230056009

Twenty years of experience in the practice of diseases of children has brought out how prevalent still are the old-fashioned ideas on infant feeding. In fact, after questioning many medical students, I learn that many of these old notions are still being taught; while few of the textbooks change much in regard to feeding, as edition follows edition.

There is the old plan of allowing a new-born infant one ounce every two hours. We know now that the average young infant will always take from three ounces up at each feeding, and can digest it well. Within one week most babies can take four ounces at each feeding; provided, that the interval between feedings is three hours or longer. Anyone who watches a baby at the breast, fed slowly and properly, with a few moments intervals between mouthfuls, which can easily be accomplished by removing the infant from the nipple

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