Hints from the Health Department. Leaflet from the archive of the Society of Medical Officers of Health. Credit: Wellcome Collection, London
[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Walthamstow]
The detailed findings at first visits paid during 1933 are given in the following table:—
|Ward.||How Fed.||Kind of Food.||Sleeping Accommodation.||Condition of Baby.||Accommodation.|
|Breast.||Breast and Hand.||Hand.||Cow's Milk.||Patent Foods.||Condensed Milk.||With Mother.||Cot or Cradle.||Good.||Fair.||Bad.||Whole House.||Flat.||Half-house.||3 Rooms.||2 Rooms.||1 Room.|
|St. James Street||198||20||20||12||21||7||53||185||217||20||1||41||38||11||79||63||6|
From the above table it will be seen that of 1,675 children,
1,363, or 81.3 per cent., were breast fed on first being visited, but
210, or 12.5 per cent., had no separate sleeping accommodation.
The particulars in respect of housing accommodation show that
only 538 of the families visited had a house to themselves, while
46 families were living in one room. The 1932 figures were 609
and 72 respectively.