The Care-Feeding of the Baby; A Handbook for Mothers, Midwives and Nurses

The Care-Feeding of the Baby; A Handbook for Mothers, Midwives and Nurses

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...an inducement to add at once artificial food. Such a mistake would tend to decrease the flow of milk still more (see page I28). On the contrary, the baby should be laid to the breast regularly but, in order to stimulate the gland to higher activity, be forced to suck more vigorously. This can easily be accomplished in most instances by allowing the child to grow real hungry. The more hungry the child is, the more forcefully will it tackle the breast. The more forcefully it tackles the breast, the stronger will be the irritation on the nipple and the more abundant the flow of milk, since there is no better stimulant for a sluggish breast than the vigorous sucking of the child. But can a child get hungry if it be put to the breast every hour or two or even oftener? No! Will it suck forcefully if the stomach is half filled? No! It will sip off what comes easily and let the rest remain in the breast. This adds to the first cause for the decrease in the production of ' milk a second one, namely, to the lack of irritation of the nipple comes the stagnation of milk in the milk producing glands (see page I28). An attempt to remedy the fault should be made by putting the baby to the breast at longer intervals and by giving it only one breast at a time (see chapter: "Shall the Child Have One or Both Breasts at Each Nursing?"). Then there is left for it no other choice but to work strenuously to appease the stomeach, giving thereby a stronger stimulus to the breast to do its duty. If, in spite of this, the baby is unable to empty the breast, indicating that it is really too weak, it is necessary to relieve the stagnation of milk by massaging out all that the nursling left in the gland and feeding it with a spoon. The proceeding helps...show more

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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236846362
  • 9781236846365