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Are breast-fed babies still getting a raw deal in hospital?

Br Med J 1979; 2 doi: (Published 13 October 1979) Cite this as: Br Med J 1979;2:891
  1. Phyllis Culley,
  2. Pamela Milan,
  3. Claudia Roginski,
  4. John Waterhouse,
  5. Ben Wood


    After preliminary validation of test weighing under ward conditions the fluid intake and weight gain of 39 breast-fed and 25 artificially fed infants were compared. All were fed every four hours for six feeds a day, and the breast-fed infants received dextrose supplements only. The average intake and weight gain of the breast-fed group was significantly less than that of the group fed artificially.

    When cows'-milk supplements are withheld from breast-fed infants a four-hourly regimen provides insufficient stimulus to lactation for their needs in the first week of life. If more than lip service is to be paid to the mother who desires to breast-feed in hospital, early and more frequent feeding should be practised.