Remarks on the Subject of Lactation

Remarks on the Subject of Lactation

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Remarks on the Subject of Lactation by Edward Morton

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Containing observations on the healthy and diseased conditions of the breast-milk; the disorders frequently produced in mothers by suckling; and numerous illustrative cases; proving that, when protracted, it is a common cause, in children, of hydrencephalus, or water in the brain, and other serious complaints.

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ed as occurring from this source is not inseparable from the practice itself, but arises mainly from the improper manner in which it is usually conducted. When it is determined to bring up an infant by hand, the substitute offered for the mother's milk should as nearly as possible resemble that fluid; and the child should be constrained to imbibe it in the same manner as it would the milk from the maternal breast; that is, it should be sucked from a bottle contrived for that purpose, instead of the child being gorged with it, by means of a large spoon, or some other equally improper instrument, as is the usual custom. It is a fact too palpable to be questioned, that the food generally given to infants brought up by hand is not only administered in an improper manner, but is also of an improper quality; their tender stomachs are daily overloaded with solid instead of liquid aliment, and hence arises the numerous train of evils which, in my opinion, produce the great

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