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November 1930

MILK SUGAR IN INFANT FEEDING: A STUDY OF THE EFFECTS OF THE ROUTINE USE OF MILK SUGAR IN INFANT FEEDING

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK
From the Department of Pediatrics, New York Post-Graduate Hospital and Medical School.

Am J Dis Child. 1930;40(5):993-999. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1930.01940050055006
Abstract

The object in this investigation was to observe the effects of the routine use of milk sugar (lactose) in infant feeding, approved methods being used for giving the other elements of the formulas the maximum digestibility.

The routine use of any given type of modified infant feeding has led to a kind of "faith dispute" among physicians. This is probably due to the fact that expert work with a given method always yields commendable results. Such results tend to confirm the belief of the general practitioner that there is no panacea in infant feeding. What he wants is a simple method for the average case.

The literature on infant feeding contains many opinions of the advantages of this or that sugar, but most of them lack any scientific proof of the conclusions drawn. These, combined with timely commercial propaganda, have given rise to a vast array of sugar preparations, for

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