Medicine: Food for Newborns

A peculiarity of newborn babies is that they lose weight the first two or three days of life. The loss runs up to 10% of the baby's initial weight. Bigger babies lose more in percent as well as in ounces than smaller babies. Males lose more than females, firstborns more than subsequent brothers and sisters, Latin babies more than Nordics, babies born in wards more than private room babies.

To Dr. Isaac Newton Kugelmass, Manhattan pediatrician who last week discussed newborn weight losses in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, the variations in...

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