Hematocrit Levels in Breast-Fed American Babies

Coulson, K. M.; Cohen, R. L.; Coulson, W. F.; D. B. Jelliffe
July 1977
Clinical Pediatrics;Jul1977, Vol. 16 Issue 7, p649
Academic Journal
The article cites a research study on hematocrit levels in breast-fed American babies. In the United States, over the past 10 years, breast feeding among mothers leaving hospital has risen from approximately 18 to 36 per cent. According to researchers total breastfeeding implies that 100 per cent of the baby's nourishment comes from the mother, with no specific supplementation. Apart from obesity, the most common nutritional abnormality in the United States presently is iron deficiency. The researchers found that many mothers in their community want to breast feed without giving iron medication, and without having to start solid foods at 3 months or earlier.


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