To the Editor.— In their recent artide "Single Daily Bottle Use in the Early Weeks Postpartum and Breast-Feeding Outcomes,"1 Cronenwett et al report that many American women who want to breast-feed choose partial breast-feeding rather than exclusive breast-feeding. The reasons the authors give are: (1) mothers intending to work outside the home, (2) fathers wanting to feed the baby, (3) mothers wanting to avoid 24-hour responsibility for feedings, and (4) fear that the baby will refuse to take a bottle at some later time if not taught early and kept in practice.
To the Editor.— I read with interest the article "Relationship Between Infant Feeding and Infectious Illness: A Prospective Study of Infants During the First Year of Life" by Rubin et al in the April issue.1 Two things puzzle me. The first is that, despite the authors' stated goal of paying close attention to methodology, their definition of breast-feeding fails to meet the standards set forth by most experts on lactation. The second is that, given their substantial investment of time and money in obtaining detailed data on 500 babies for a full year, the authors chose to ask their particular research question.