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November 1947

Nuevas orientaciones en la dietética del lactante.

Am J Dis Child. 1947;74(5):646. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1947.02030010660012

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This volume discusses the theory and application of Bessau's ideas in the feeding of infants. The author states that the stools of the breast-fed infant contain a uniform and regular flora represented by the bacillus Bifidus communis. Bessau in 1938 outlined a cow's milk mixture which when fed to an infant would favor the growth of such organisms. This consisted of cow's milk, acidified and predigested, with added corn starch, lactose, cystine, sesame oil, egg yolk and ascorbic acid. Later this was modified by changing the dilution, using rice instead of corn starch, splitting polysaccharide with diastase and omitting the predigestion and the sesame oil and egg yolk. He used this for healthy babies, premature infants, for patients with celiac diseases and others.

Infants given these formulas were well nourished, gained well, developed normally and had immunity similar to a breast-fed infant. The second (modified) formula proved more effective than

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