If, for several weeks previous to the birth of the child, particular attention is given to the breasts, much future suffering and trouble may by avoided. The breasts should be bathed with cold water daily, and afterwards rubbed dry. Should there be tenderness or slight excoriation, they may be bathed with weak brandy and water twice a day. Should there be aching pain in the nipples, a few doses of Aconite may be given. If there are cracks or excoriations, a powder of Silicea may be taken in the morning, and Hepar at night.

A very excellent application for sore nipples is Calendula, six drops in two tablespoonful of water, in which a cloth may be wet and placed on the parts.