1921 Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)  
A considerable portion of the work of the general practitioner consists in infant feeding." (2) "A large proportion of the babies in this country are fed under the advice of general practitioners." Ergo: "It is vital for every general practitioner to have a good working knowledge of infant feeding." The author then outlines what he considers the irreducible minimum required of any one who would treat babies intelligently. Whether this irreducible minimum (which is a restatement, in very able
more » ... nt, in very able form, of the percentage feeding technic, with its arithmetic and its tables) will hearten any of the burdened men who, as he says, "become discouraged with the subject, lose interest in it, and give it little attention," is a debatable question. I have long realized the truth of these two postulates, and of their conclusion. As one who has realized keenly, as well, the discouragement attendant on the attempt to apply these principles in general practice, I take the liberty of setting forth an alternative set of general principles which I believe constitutes a better equipment for any man who treats infants, be he pediatrician, orthopedist or (best beloved of the Lord, since He has created so many of them) general practitioner. 1. A general working knowledge of how to keep a nursing child on the breast until he is old enough to be weanedfrom choice, and not from necessity. With the cooperation on the part of his mothers that any man can command (for mothers will meet him more than half way in such an attempt), this result can be obtained in well over 90 per cent, of cases. The necessary technic may be learned from a study of recent contributions to the literature by :
doi:10.1001/jama.1921.02630140049029 fatcat:xnavtdouuvbrho565kw2whqfgi