Every mother should, if she can, nourish her own child, from her own breast. This is nature's law, as well as the law of love.

Some mothers, unfortunately, cannot furnish nourishment for their offspring. Either they have no milk, or very little, so little that a child cannot live on it; or they are in such feeble health that it will risk their lives to afford it; or indisposition may make their milk unfit, unsafe for nourishment. What then ?

The usual resort is to the bottle. First, however, ascertain whether the mother has not some good milk, even though not enough. If she has half enough (as is the case with quite a number) let her give the babe the benefit of this, if it lasts, until the child has passed through the most of its teething, or at least has weathered its first summer. Let her nurse it two or three times in the day and evening, and give it (or have given to it) the bottle for the rest of the time.

Indeed, it is a good plan, under all circumstances, for a child six months old to learn to use bottle-food, so as to make the change more easy later, especially if illness or some other cause should oblige the mother to wean it suddenly.