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A Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Midwifery (Volume One)
Smellie, William
Published by Printed for D. Wilson and T. Durham, London
Location of original: Countway Rare Books, Harvard University
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  Of NURSES in general. 451
and for dressing the child, she must keep the cloaths warm and in good order. After delivery, her business is to tend the mother and child with the utmost care, and and follow the directions given to her, relating to the management of each.

 That the mother herself should give suck, would certainly be most conducive to her own recovery, as well as to the health of the child; but when this is inconvenient, or impracticable, from her weakness, or circumstances in life, a wet nurse ought to be hired, possessed of the qualifications above described, as well as of those that follow.


 THE younger the milk is, the better will it agree with the age of the infant. The nurse is more valuable after having brought forth her second child, than after her first; because she is endued with more knowledge and experience touching the management of children. She ought to have good nipples, with a sufficient quantity of good milk: the abundance or scantiness of the secretion may be distinguished by the appearance of her own
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