A Handbook of Obstetrical Nursing for Nurses, Students, and Mothers

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General Books, 2009 - 132 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1891 Excerpt: ...legs, etc., if so desired. A pillow put in the tub makes a comfortable and portable crib for the baby." Children should never sleep in the same bed Separate 1 bed from with their mothers. It is unsafe because there ismther, danger of their being overlaid, and it is unhealthy because of the discharges, breath, etc., of the mother. A baby may be trained to be contented and Proper J J training of happy as it lies in its crib. If from its earliestinfantsdays it is taken up simply to be fed, and receive the necessary attentions for keeping it clean and comfortable, it will not become the little tyrant a child develops into when foolishly spoiled by its mother. Babies should be fed but once in two hours Feedingof during the day, and every three hours during the'nfants' night, unless premature, when they can take less Time, and should be fed every hour. An interval is necessary between the feedings, in order that the stomach may rest and be prepared properly to carry on its work of digestion. Hence, the habit some mothers have of letting babies nurse whenever they cry, simply serves to produce indigestion, as well as to spoil the child. It has been observed that when the periods between nursing were short, the milk was more condensed, a fact which throws light on the dyspeptic phenomena occurring in babies who are fed too often.--Rotch. First For its first nursing the baby may be put to the nursing, breast an hour or two after the labor, if the mother is sufficiently rested. The nipples should, before each nursing, be carefully washed off with cold water. The early secretion of the breasts, known as " colostrum," helps to rid the baby's bowels of their dark, tarry contents, as it is laxative. It is important that the breasts should be used alternate...

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