-Every mother should suckle, if possible both for her own sake and her child’s. It is the natural physiological process, and cannot be set aside without risk. The breast and the uterine organs are connected by a most close bond of sympathy, and the woman who suckles her infant has a much better chance of escaping uterine disorders than she who does not. There are certain irregularities in the secretion of milk which may need medical attention. There may be too little or there may be too much, and it may escape involuntarily.
Milk, Excessive Selection of.-When there is excessive secretion of milk the breast distends and becomes painful. Sometimes it flows away involuntarily. The consequence is that the patient becomes weak and thin.
General Treatment.-The patient must avoid stimulants and rich food. Her diet should be farinaceous chiefly, with not much milk. If there is much weakness she should have complete rest in bed. Medicines.-(Every three or four hours.)
-The most useful remedy in this condition.
-If there is much engorgement and pain.
-Great weakness, irritability.
-Weakness following excessive secretion.
Milk, Involuntary Discharge of.-This usually comes on, when it comes on, when it comes on at all, soon after confinement, and is very annoying to patients, keeping them continually wet.
Medicines.-(Every three or four hours. )
-When from over-distension.
Calcarea c. 6.
-When in pale, stout subjects.
-In blonde, impressionable women, of mild disposition.
-When due to debility from loss of fluids.
Milk, Suppressed Secretion of.
-This may occur from exposure to cold, from sudden violent emotions, or from over-fatigue. The result is congestion of some internal organ, fever, or rush of blood to the head.
General Treatment.-The patient must be put into the most favourable condition at once for regaining the lost balance; She must be placed in a warm bed, with hot bottles to the feet, and must have very light, warm diet.
Medicines.-(Every half-hour until reaction sets in.)
-If given at the outset Pulsatilla will generally check the whole train of symptoms and restore the flow.
-Fever, hot, dry skin, restlessness, anxiety.
-Pain and engorgement of the breasts.
-Flushed face, bright eyes, headache, fever.
Calcarea c. 6.
-After the acute symptoms have passed.
See also BREAST and INFANTS, Weaning.