To the editor of THE EAGLE:

As a retired pediatrician, I am very upset by the picture of the father feeding the newborn baby a bottle (Eagle, Dec. 16). That baby should have been suckling at his/her mother’s breast. Only in emergencies, such as a mother being unable to nurse or hypoglycemia, should a baby this young have been fed a bottle.

The newborn gets nipple confusion and becomes unable to breast-feed by this father’s good but misguided action. There are lots of other ways for fathers to bond and help with their babies. Shoving a bottle in their mouth is not one of these.

ROSELYN L KOLODNY, M.D.

Lee