Medicine: Galactagoguery

Thousands of women with careers, social position or fashionable figures refuse to nurse their babies. Fewer in number, but also a great worry to doctors, are the mothers who would suckle their babies but have little milk. For generations doctors have tried to stimulate milk production by massage, breast-pumping and use of "galactagogues" such as barley water, beer and huge quantities of cow's milk. But none of these stimulants did much good.

Last week in the Lancet, Dr. Méave Kenny of London's Hammersmith Hospital announced that simple hormone injections had solved the age-old...

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