ABC OF BREASTFEEDING

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 ABC OF BREASTFEEDING

From the primary moment the infant is applied to the breast, it must be nursed upon a particular plan. this can be necessary to the well-doing of the kid and can contribute essentially to preserve the health of the parent, who will thus be rendered a decent nurse, and her duty at the identical time will become a pleasure.
ABC OF BREASTFEEDING



ABC OF BREASTFEEDING This implies, however, a careful attention on the part of the mother to her health; for that of her child is dependent upon it. Healthy, nourishing, and digestible tin be procured only from a healthy parent; and it's against sense to expect that, if a mother impairs her health and digestion by improper diet, neglect of exercise, and impure air, she can, nevertheless, provide as wholesome and uncontaminated a fluid for her child, as if she were diligently alert to these small print. Every instance of indisposition within the nurse is prone to affect the infant.

And this leads me to watch, that it's a typical mistake to suppose that, because a girl is nursing, she ought, therefore, to measure very full and to feature an allowance of wine, porter, or other fermented liquor, to her usual diet. the sole results of this plan are, to cause an unnatural degree of fulness within the system, which places the nurse on the brink of disease, and which of itself frequently puts a stop to the secretion of the milk, rather than increasing it. the correct plan of proceeding is obvious enough; only let attention be paid to the normal laws of health, and therefore the mother, if she features a sound constitution, will make a stronger nurse than by any foolish deviation founded on ignorance and caprice.

The following case proves the correctness of this statement:

A young woman, confined together with her first child, left the lying-in room at the expiration of the third week, an honest nurse, and in perfect health. She had had some slight trouble together with her nipples, but this was soon overcome.

The porter system was now commenced, and from a pint to a pint and a half, this beverage was taken within four and twenty hours. This was reported to, not because there was any deficiency within the supply of milk, for it was ample, and therefore the infant thriving upon it; but because, having become a nurse, she was told that it had been usual and necessary which without it her milk and strength would ere long fail.

After this plan had been followed for some days, the mother became drowsy and disposed to sleep within the daytime; and headache, thirst, a hot skin fever supervened; the milk diminished in quantity, and, for the primary time, the stomach and bowels of the infant became disordered.

The porter was ordered to be left off; remedial measures were prescribed; and every one symptom, both in parent and child, were after ages removed, and health restored. Having been accustomed, before becoming a mother, to require glass or two of wine, and infrequently a glass of table beer, she was advised to follow precisely her former dietetic plan, but with the addition of half a pint of barley-milk morning and night. Both parent and child continued in excellent health during the remaining period of suckling, and therefore the latter didn't 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 during this case the source of the mischief. The patient had gone into the lying-in-room fully healthy, had had a decent 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 discrepant with the plan which was adopted; her system became too full, the disease was produced, and also the result experienced was nothing quite what may well be expected.

They arrange to be followed for the primary six months. Until the breast- milk is fully established, which can not be until the second or third day after delivery (almost invariably so during first confinement), the infant must be fed upon a bit thin gruel, or upon one-third water and two-thirds milk, sweetened with sugarloaf. After this point, it must obtain its nourishment from the breast alone, and for per week or ten days, the appetite of the infant must be the mother's guide, on the frequency in offering the breast. The stomach at birth is feeble and hitherto unaccustomed to food; its wants, therefore, are easily satisfied, but they're frequently renewed.

An interval, however, sufficient for digesting the insufficient swallowed, is obtained before the appetite again revives, and a fresh supply is demanded.

At the expiration of every week just about it's essentially necessary, and with some children, this might be through with safety from the primary day of suckling, to nurse the infant at regular intervals of three or four hours, day and night. this enables sufficient time for every meal to be digested and tends to stay in the bowels of the kid so as. Such regularity, moreover, will do much to obviate fretfulness, which constant cry, which seems as if it may well be allayed only by constantly putting the kid to the breast.

A young mother very frequently runs into a significant error during this particular, considering every expression of uneasiness as a sign of appetite, and whenever the infant cries offering it the breast, although ten minutes might not have elapsed since its last meal. this can be 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 getting to the above rules of nursing, the infant might need become healthy and vigorous. For the identical reason, the infant that sleeps with its parent must not be allowed to possess the nipple remaining in its mouth all night. If nursed as suggested, it'll be found to awaken, because the hour for its meal approaches, with great regularity. About night-nursing,

 I might 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 subsequent morning. Many mothers have adopted this hint, with great advantage to their health, and without the slightest detriment thereto of the kid. 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 contains a large supply of fine and nourishing milk, and her child is healthy and flourishing upon it, no change in its diet should be made. If otherwise, however, (and this can but too frequently be the case, even before the sixth month) the kid is also fed twice within the day, which reasonably food is chosen which, after a touch trial, is found to agree best.