Richardson1 has proved by statistics that the breast-fed baby has five times the chance for life and health as the artificially fed infant. He believes that every mother, when given intelligent instruction, can nurse her baby indefinitely, providing the breasts are emptied regularly at alternate feedings. The best means of stimulating secretion is by nursing or by rhythmic expression of the milk by the thumb and forefinger, applied just back of the nipple. This procedure should immediately follow the cessation of the nursing. Another method is the use of the breast pump. He finds that laboratory examinations of breast milk are useless unless a twenty-four hour specimen is taken. The so called colic in breast-fed infants is often a hunger symptom, which may be verified by putting the child back on the breast. Eructations of gas during the nursing are caused by air which has filled the
MOFFETT RD. REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE ON INFANT FEEDING FOR 1924. Am J Dis Child. 1925;30(5):700–711. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1925.01920170104011
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