The value of a constant, adequate supply of breast milk for use in an infants' ward in a pediatric hospital cannot be overestimated. There appears to be universal agreement that breast milk is the ideal food for the young infant. In 1913 Davis1 demonstrated statistically that babies fed breast milk show a much lower mortality rate than babies fed other types of milk. Lucas2 stated that breast milk is the most important weapon in the prevention of disease among infants. Morse3 held that the breast-fed baby is more vigorous and more resistant to disease. Other authorities voiced sentiments of a similar nature.
Julius Hess4 considered the milk of a wetnurse the only perfect substitute for mother's milk. Chapin5 in 1923 discussed the problems of a wetnurse clinic and was optimistic regarding its possibilities. Still6 expressed the belief that valuable help could be obtained by
SCHEUER LA, DUNCAN JE. A METHOD OF PRESERVING BREAST MILK: A STUDY OF ITS CLINICAL APPLICATION. Am J Dis Child. 1936;51(2):249–254. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1936.01970140013002
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