on the actual death numbers, which is important if you want to make decisions based on reality and not fear-based manipulation.
From Rockefeller University, hardly an alternative source is a paper called Death and the Human Environment
Also check out the Home Etc. book for girls in 1917 telling them how to handle various diseases should they crop up:
Whoophing cough - This is very contagious. It begins like an ordinary cold, growing more severe as time goes on, until the child begins to "whoop." It is not a dangerous disease, except in tiny babies, but it means suffering and terrible discomfort. Children are apt to vomit when they cough, and this requires much labor and much patience on the part of big sisters.
These are a few of the reasons given by the Board of
Health in New York City on the subject " Why a Mother
should nurse her Baby."
1. One death out of every five which occur at all ages
is that of a baby under one year of age, and the greatest
number of these deaths is among bottle-fed babies.
2. In the city of New York during 1912, 3392 babies
under one year of age died from bowel trouble, and nine
out of every ten of these babies were bottle-fed.
3. Mother's milk is the only safe food for a baby dur-
ing the first six months of its life.
4. Cow's milk or prepared food can never equal breast
milk as the proper food for the baby.
5. Breast fed babies rarely have bowel trouble. Bottle-
fed babies rarely escape it, particularly during warm
6. Babies fed on breast milk show the best develop-
ment ; the teeth will appear at the proper time ; the mus-
cles and bones will be stronger, and walking will not be
7. A breast-fed baby is not so likely to have bronchitis
or croup, and if attacked by any disease, has a much
better chance of living than a bottle-fed baby.
8. Pneumonia in babies is fatal more often in bottle-
fed babies than in breast-fed babies.
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