As a pediatrician who has taught unsterile formula preparation for several years, I was unconvinced by the Report of the Committee on Fetus and Newborn on this topic in Pediatrics (28:674, 1961).

It seemed to me that the weakness of their position was exemplified by the last paragraph of the report which recommended that formulas be sterilized "until the age of the infant, the care and co-operation of the parents, and the initial cleanliness and safety of the milk and supply of water would offer reasonable assurance that the sterilization of the preparation could be stopped."

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