Another matter which bears somewhat on this question is whether a consumptive mother should suckle her child. As a rule she may do so for some months at least. But if she is in the active stage of the disease she ought not to do so. It is much safer to remove the child from the parent than to have it in contact with her and this should always be done when it is possible to do so. Where the mother has to feed the infant it is safer to suckle it than to feed it artificially. During the time of suckling the mother should take a very large quantity of milk, even more than she takes ordinarily. After the child is strong enough to thrive on cow's milk it should be taken from the breast, but its food should not be prepared by the mother.