If the child does not relish or desire food it is folly to force or persuade it to eat anyway. Never compel a child to eat. If the child is uncomfortable wait till comfort returns before feeding. Children fed in this way will grow up strong and healthy and miss the so-called children's diseases. Overfeeding, and wrong food combinations are responsible for most of the diseases peculiar to children. A little intelligent attention to proper feeding will avoid all of these.

Regularity in feeding quickly establishes the stuffing habit. It teaches the infant to eat at certain times as a mere matter of habit, and not because there is a real demand for food. It prevents the development and regulation of natural desire, which, alone, is a reliable guide to frequency in feeding.

It goes without saying that all food fed to infants and children should be fresh and pure. But we do well to remember that the most wholesome food soon becomes poisonous if taken in excess.

NURSE your child as long as you can. So long as it is thriving well on your milk this should form its food. If it does not thrive well on this alone, give it an orange juice and grape juice feeding each day, in addition to your own milk. Indeed I believe that with the poor milk supply of modern woman, these juices should be fed even if the child does seem to thrive well. See directions in this chapter.

Supplement your own milk with cow's milk or goat's milk, If you must, but do not do so, unless this becomes necessary. Let your child nurse as long as possible, even though it gets only a small amount of its food from you. Up to five years, if you can supply it milk, do so.

Dr. Tilden says: "I am compelled to compromise with most mothers, and permit four feeds a day, and then the majority will sneak in a extra feed at night, which, of course, the baby has to pay for with occasional sick spells."

Night feeding saps the mother in supplying the abnormal quantity of milk and in depriving her of sleep. It overfeeds the child and causes trouble. Don't do it.

THE WET NURSE, though now almost obsolete, has saved the lives of many children and deserves to be restored to her former position from which the cow has disloged her. That the best food for an infant is that of its own mother is undoubted by those who are in a position to know. Next to this, is the milk of a healthy, properly fed wet nurse. Indeed, where the mother's milk is defective, that of the other woman will be best for the child.

Formerly wet nurses were more plentiful than now, because there was more demand for them. Unnatural feeding had not then supplanted the natural method.

Many babies can be saved if supplied with the milk of a healthy wet nurse, who will be almost certain to die without it. Others that will eventually "pull through," in spite of artificial feeding, will be saved much illness and suffering and the parents will be spored much anxiety if a good wet-nurse is employed.

The qualifications for a wet-nurse are health and cleanliness. It makes no difference what her race or color or religion, or social status. She imparts none of these to the child through her milk. In the south are many adults who were nursed at the breasts of "old negro mammies," and though we often hear the old mammies say "that boy sure must have some negro in him," it is not so. We do not become cows by drinking cow's milk.

The Wasserman test is unreliable claptrap and syphilis is a frightful night-mare. Don't worry over this in choosing a wet nurse. See that she has good health and is cleanly. See that she is properly fed.

It does not hurt a child to be given milk from several women any more than it does to be given milk from several goats or cows. Breast milk, put on ice, will keep as well or better than cow's milk. It is also cleaner and more wholesome. Where a wet-nurse cannot be had, milk taken from more than one woman may be fed the child.

Hospitals, maternity homes, physicians and nurses can usually supply one with a wet nurse. In some of our larger cities, Boston for instance, there is a directory for wet-nurses. One can usually be found if we seek diligently enough. An ad in the paper will often produce results.