The subject of infant feeding, in this
country at least, does not seem to have received all
the attention that the importance of the matter deserves. The figures on Infantile Death and Disease,
and the extreme frequency with which gastro-intestinal
disorders occur amongst infants, which on enquiry are
found in the majority of cases to be brought on by
improper food, are sufficient to justify some enquiry
into the methods at present in vogue in feeding infants.
I propose to consider the subject in the
The natural food is of course taken first
with general conditions as to the times of nursing
and the quantities taken.
Failing the Mother's milk, the selection
and control of a Wet Nurse is considered next, as
being the best substitute. This leads to some of
the reasons that make nursing impossible, and the method and times for weaning. Which brings us to Artificial feeding.
The substitutes for Mother's milk that have been considered are:-
Asses Milk. Goats milk. Ewes milk.
Mares milk. Patent foods.
& Cows milk.
In considering the bearing that food has
upon Infantile gastro-intestinal troubles, it is certain that errors in diet are responsible for the majority. Such are:- Dyspepsia, Gastro-enteritis, Diarrhoea and Constipation.
The grave constitutional conditions due
also largely to errors in diet are considered;-
Anaemia, Atrophy, Rickets and Scurvy.
It has seemed to me that the main lines
upon which improvement should take place are:- 1) The greatest possible care in producing
a milk supply of constant quality and
2) The admixture of dilutants and scalding.
3) The dissemination of more accurate knowledge of the subject, amongst those responsible for the upbringing of children.
I have tried the effect of administering a
specially prepared cows milk, whose preparation is
described, with very satisfactory results.