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Book Reviews
April 1940

Das Stillproblem und Vorschläge zur Besserung der Stilltätigkeit.

Am J Dis Child. 1940;59(4):919-920. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1940.01990150237019

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Helbich in this monograph on "The Breast Feeding Problem and Proposals for the Improvement of Breast Feeding Activities" follows the well known, didactic textbook methods. The material contained is clearly presented but contains nothing new. The only original contributions by Helbich date back to 1911-1912 and concern themselves with the physiology of the secretion of milk.

The monograph is divided into five chapters. It was surprising to read in the first chapter of the decrease in Germany at the present time both in the number of breast-fed babies and in the duration of nursing. The author ascribes this decrease to the diminished ability of women to nurse babies and lists as causes: migration from country to city, poor nutrition, working conditions of girls in which lack of recreation and too little rest play great roles, smoking of cigarets and undernutrition following war conditions. However, he made the statement that nursing

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