With the increasing percentage of births occurring in the hospital, it is pertinent to inquire how well the nursing and nutrition of the infant during the new-born period can be managed in an institution. From the tenth to the fourteenth day, when the hospital stay is usually completed, the infant should have made satisfactory gains, and it is desirable to have it reach or exceed the initial weight. Much can be done to increase the percentage of successful feeding and proper nutrition during this period.
The material for this paper was gathered from the experiences in the nursery of the General Hospital in Kansas City during my service or that of my colleagues. It has been made possible chiefly through the practice of measuring and recording all breast feedings for the past three years. During this time I have been especially interested in the incidence of the recovery of the