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August 1951

EATING, SLEEPING, AND ELIMINATION PRACTICES OF A GROUP OF OF TWO-AND-ONE-HALF-YEAR-OLD CHILDREN: II. Eating Practices

Author Affiliations

ROCHESTER, MINN.
From the Rochester Child Health Institute. (The Rochester Child Health Institute was disestablished on July 1, 1951.)

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1951;82(2):127-131. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1951.02040040136002
Abstract

The PARENTS of the children used in this study have been exposed to an educational program designed to help them understand the developmental process. Discussions about feeding are begun in the prenatal clinics, where mothers are instructed about their own diets. The mothers are helped to get a working knowledge of nutrition so that they can prepare and eat a diet adequate for the growth of the baby and for breast feeding if they so desire. The values for mother and child of breast feeding are discussed, but physicians, nurses, and nutritionists try to leave the mother feeling that she is the one to choose whether her baby will be breast-fed or bottle-fed.

Leaflets, given to the mother in the hospital, explain the baby's regimen in the newborn nursery and attempt to convey the idea that a baby needs to eat when hungry and that a mother can help by

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