Many infants must be nourished artificially. The reasons for this are plain. Sometimes the mother is overworked, insufficiently nourished, harassed by a vicious husband and many other children, often incompetent by her Own unfortunate temper or a vicious appetite and indulgence or a vagrant desire for amusements, sometimes by an inability to secrete milk. The business of properly nourishing an infant is a serious one, and to be properly accomplished must be attended to with an intense sense of duty. The mother must be healthy, love her child, and not nurse it when she is seriously disturbed, either mentally or physically.
I was called to see an infant in a severe convulsion. I found that the mother was very solicitous and affectionate. She had been so careful of her child that she did not even allow it to have a drink of water, feeling confident
BRUSH EF. HOW TO PRODUCE MILK FOR INFANT FEEDING.. JAMA. 1904;XLIII(19):1385-1387. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92500190001h