This section is from the book "The Home Hand-Book of Domestic Hygiene and Rational Medicine. Volume 2.", by J. H. Kellogg, M.D.. Also available from Amazon: The Home Hand-Book of Domestic Hygiene and Rational Medicine, Volume 2.
This is a peculiar condition of the breast in which a continuous flow at milk occurs either between the intervals of nursing, or after the infant has been weaned. It is chiefly due to a relaxed condition of the nipple, abnormal activity of the gland, or to debility. It is often a very intractable affection, but can generally be relieved by astringent applications to the nipple, as of glycerine and tannin in proportion of a dram of tannin to an ounce of glycerine, or a decoction of oak bark; gentle friction of the nipple; drawing out of the nipple by means of the breast pump; or application to the breast of a solution of belladonna in glycerine, in proportion of a dram of the extract to an ounce of glycerine. Cold applications to the breast are also in many cases very effective. Ice compresses may be employed, or, better, rubber bags containing iced water or pounded ice.