I am reading Pierre Budin " The Nursling" 1907 -and it is an extraordinary read.
Can't help but smile at the idea that in France in the 1800's medical professionals recognised the advantgage of keeping mother and baby together. So much for progress as for the most part in UK mothers are not able to be with their babies. I understand that in some Scandanavian countries they can. Pierre Budin observed:-
"In 1885, Professor Pajot, in this Clinique, prepared a chamber as a giant incubator in which to place infants, congenitally feeble, so that they might not be exposed to cold when they were being fed or changed. The wet-nurses, however, were obliged to feed and tend them in this oven; and the mothers, separated from their infants, soon lost all interest in those whom they were unable to nurse or cherish.
It is better by far to put the little one in an incubator by its mother's bedside. The supervision which she exercises is not to be lightly estimated. We have not always a staff so zealous as the present; and if the nurse be negligent, the mother does not fail to remark that the incubator is being allowed to grow cold. Further, it is possible, as you will see, so to arrange that the mother feeds the infant herself, and thus on leaving the hospital not only will the weakling have been saved, but a suckling mother will also have been conserved to it."
Edited June 18, 2011 at 5:12 pm