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ABC OF BREASTFEEDING.

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017
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ABC OF BREASTFEEDING.

From the primary moment the baby is applied to the breast, it should be suckled upon an exact arrange. this can be necessary to the well-doing of the kid, and can contribute basically to preserve the health of the parent, UN agency can therefore be rendered a decent nurse, and her duty at constant time can become a pleasure.

This implies, however, a careful attention on the a part of the mother to her own health; for that of her kid is actually dependent upon it. Healthy, nourishing, and edible tin be procured solely from a healthy parent; and it's against good judgment to expect that, if a mother impairs her health and digestion by improper diet, neglect of exercise, and impure air, she can, however, give as wholesome and uncontaminated a fluid for her kid, as if she were diligently conscious of these small print. each instance of indisposition within the nurse is susceptible to have an effect on the baby.

And this leads ME to look at, that it's a standard mistake to suppose that, as a result of a girl is nursing, she ought thus to measure terribly totally, ANd to feature an allowance of wine, porter, or alternative hard liquor, to her usual diet. the sole results of this arrange is, to cause AN unnatural degree of fulness within the system, that places the nurse on the brink of malady, and that of itself often puts a stop to the secretion of the milk, rather than increasing it. the correct arrange of continuing is apparent enough; solely let attention be paid to the standard laws of health, and therefore the mother, if she have a sound constitution, can create a stronger nurse than by any foolish deviation based on cognitive content and whim.

The following case proves the correctness of this statement:

A adult female, confined along with her initial kid, left the labour area at the expiration of the third week, a decent nurse, and in excellent health. She had had some slight hassle along with her nipples, however this was before long overcome.

The porter system was currently commenced, and from a pint to a pint and a half this drink was taken within the four and twenty hours. This was resorted to, not as a result of there was any deficiency within the offer of milk, for it absolutely was ample, and therefore the baby thriving upon it; however as a result of, having become a nurse, she was told that it absolutely was usual and necessary, which while not it her milk and strength would ere long fail.

After this arrange had been followed for many days, the mother became drowsy and disposed to sleep within the daytime; and headach, thirst, a hot skin, in fact, fever supervened; the milk diminished in amount, and, for the primary time, the abdomen and bowels of the baby became disordered. The porter was ordered to be left off; remedial measures were prescribed; and every one symptoms, each in parent and kid, were when a moment removed, and health renovated.

Having been accustomed, before turning into a mother, to require a glass or 2 of wine, and sometimes a pitcher of table brew, she was suggested to follow exactly her former dietetical arrange, however with the addition of [*fr1] a pint of barley-milk morning and night. each parent and kid continued  in glorious health throughout the remaining amount of suckling, and the latter did not taste artificial food until the ninth month, the parent's milk being all-sufficient for its wants.

No one can doubt that the porter was in this case the source of the mischief. The patient had gone into the lying-in-room in full health, had had a good time, and came out from her chamber (comparatively) as strong as she entered it. Her constitution had not been previously worn down by repeated child-bearing and nursing, she had an ample supply of milk, and was fully capable, therefore, of performing the duties which now devolved upon her, without resorting to any unusual stimulant or support. Her previous habits were totally at variance with the plan which was adopted; her system became too full, disease was produced, and the result experienced was nothing more than what might be expected.

The plan to be followed for the first six months. Until the breast- milk is fully established, which may not be until the second or third day subsequent to delivery (almost invariably so in a first confinement), the infant must be fed upon a little thin gruel, or upon one third water and two thirds milk, sweetened with loaf sugar.

After this time it must obtain its nourishment from the breast alone, and for a week or ten days the appetite of the infant must be the mother's guide, as to the frequency in offering the breast. The stomach at birth is feeble, and as yet unaccustomed to food; its wants, therefore, are easily satisfied, but they are frequently renewed. An interval, however, sufficient for digesting the little swallowed, is obtained before the appetite again revives, and a fresh supply is demanded.

At the expiration of a week or so it is essentially necessary, and with some children this may be done with safety from the first day of suckling, to nurse the infant at regular intervals of three or four hours, day and night. This allows sufficient time for each meal to be digested, and tends to keep the bowels of the child in order. Such regularity, moreover, will do much to obviate fretfulness, and that constant cry, which seems as if it could be allayed only by constantly putting the child to the breast. A young mother very frequently runs into a serious error in this particular, considering every expression of uneasiness as an indication of appetite, and whenever the infant cries offering it the breast, although ten minutes may not have elapsed since its last meal. This is an injurious and even dangerous practice, for, by overloading the stomach, the food remains undigested, the child's bowels are always out of order, it soon becomes restless and feverish, and is, perhaps, eventually lost; when, by simply attending to the above rules of nursing, the infant might have become healthy and vigorous.

For the same reason, the infant that sleeps with its parent must not be allowed to have the nipple remaining in its mouth all night. If nursed as suggested, it will be found to awaken, as the hour for its meal approaches, with great regularity. In reference to night-nursing, I would suggest suckling the babe as late as ten o'clock p. m., and not putting it to the breast again until five o'clock the next morning. Many mothers have adopted this hint, with great advantage to their own health, and without the slightest detriment to that of the child. With the latter it soon becomes a habit; to induce it, however, it must be taught early.

The foregoing plan, and without variation, must be pursued to the sixth month.

After the sixth month to the time of weaning, if the parent has a large supply of good and nourishing milk, and her child is healthy and evidently flourishing upon it, no change in its diet ought to be made. If otherwise, however, (and this will but too frequently be the case, even before the sixth month) the child may be fed twice in the course of the day, and that kind of food chosen which, after a little trial, is found to agree best.
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