Medicine: New Wives' Tales

The millions of American women who spend hundreds of anxious hours each year warming the baby's formula in a hot-water bath, then splashing a couple of drops on their wrists to make sure that it has reached body temperature, are wasting their time. They may just as well take the bottle out of the refrigerator and shove the cold nipple right into baby's mouth.

This remarkable finding, which runs directly counter to what every mother has ''known'' since babies were first fed a substitute for human breast milk, was reported last week by one of the most eminent of U.S. pediatricians, New...

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