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Weighing breast fed babies
  1. AF Williams, Consultant in Neonatal Medicine
  1. St George's Hospital Medical School, London,

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    Harding et al state that the problem of hypernatraemic dehydration in breast fed babies is attributable to “the reluctance of midwives to weigh breast fed infants”.1 They imply that weighing between 72 and 96 hours would be an effective intervention, but provide no evidence to support this claim.

    It does not surprise me that the views of midwives and consultant neonatologists differ on this point. Whereas midwives in this country receive specific training in the management of breast feeding, most paediatricians …

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