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BETTERS FROM MOTHER
t - XXHL She Delivers a Homily on Nursing
V My Dear Daughter: I am glad to know that you are now able
to nurse your baby-satisfactorily.
- I do nqt think there is a greater "rest cure" and 'general pre
scription for sfcjl the mettrand'Some of the1 physical ills of woman
titan riursjngr her baby.
-"When you look dpwn on the little head pillowed upon your
beast and you feel that the.' child lying there is literally getting its
life sustenance frppi you, a bliss unutterable- will prevail your whole
Being . ' X , "
Paring the first mpgtfc baby shoujd be fed every two hours,
never qftener, and dVpqg the second month every two and one-half
to three houYs. Doi'f,idwever, disturb her in her sleeprbut allow
her to rest as long as possible.
If ypU fipd she thrives and gains in;weight it is much better for
both yqu and th baby tq have an interval of rest at night, so skip a
nursing .or two after midnight. Try and sit upright while nursirigT
the baby, whether at night or during the day. The nurse will bolster
you up untli yofi are able to do it alone. -
f Uo iqfant sboUld nurse lqnger thap 20 minutes; if you have
plenty Pf milk ahd yotlr baby is lusty, ten or fifteen minutes will
Stirfice She should not be allowed to take ljer meal too rapidly, as
this is liable to cause hiccoughs. I remember this was your grea
failing, my chijd. Let your baby nurse from but one breast at each
nieal, upless thehilk is scarity, when both may be required to satisfy
its hunger. Netfr allow your baby to go to sleep at your breast; if
you. see she is gdirigJEp sleep put her down on her bed. She has had
enough food. '
" Tarn glad to knowthat your physical condition is perfect, as so
-many mothers with tuberculosis," hereditary nervous troubles and
other, chronic diseases, do riot understand that they should be barred
from the duty of niirsiHg their children.
Nqbaby shduld be played vith or stirred up soon after nursing,
for such excitement will almdst always interfere wtih its digestion,
and cuse vomiting" and other disorders of a serious nature. Indeed,
until a child is Jiast 6 months old, its entire energies should "be de
voted to eating, sleeping arid developing in every way. This is
.tatfght by the besbphysicians as Well as written you by your