Medicine: Discovery

A few modern pediatricians are suggesting a dreadfully old-fashioned practice: putting newborn babies in the same room with their mothers. Mrs. Frances P. Sim-sarian, mother of two, and Pediatrician Preston Alexander McLendon of Washington have made some happy discoveries about the procedure. Last month they enthusiastically told Journal of Pediatrics readers:

¶ When a baby stays in its mother's room, the mother gets used to it while it is still in a very sleepy phase. She can feed it whenever it feels hungry—sometimes eleven times a day. Mother and baby are thus well started on breast feeding. Such babies soon adopt a...

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