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Nutrition of the infant is an important topic for the practice of pediatrics. During the first half of the twentieth century, before pediatrics was recognized as a subspecialty, the feeding of infants was an even larger part of the practice of physicians who cared for children, given the high infant mortality rate.1 The interaction between the pediatrician and the family over infant nutritional issues helps to establish an ongoing doctor–patient/family relationship that extends into childhood and adolescence. At no other point does the pediatrician have more influence on the nutrition of the pediatric patient. A rapid period of growth...

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