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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. 453

children have suffered by sucking diseased women. Some can never be brought to suck, although they have no apparent hinderance; and others are prevented by some swelling or disorder about the mouth or throat.

NUMB. III.  UPON such occasions, we must choose an elderly woman properly qualified for the task, and well accustomed to the duties of a dry nurse. The food ( as we have formerly observed) ought to be light and simple, in quality resembling, as nearly as possible, the mother's milk; such as thin panada, mixed with cow's milk, and sweetened with sugar: or should the child be costive, instead of sugar, honey or manna may be used. If there is any reason to believe, that the loaf-bread or biscuit is made of flour which hath been mixed with allum, for the sake of the colour, the common panada ought this case to be laid aside, in favour of thick water-gruel, mixed with milk, and sweetened as above.
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