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Care of the Maternal Breast: Techniques and Nurses’ Roles, 1900-1948

Care of the Maternal Breast: Techniques and Nurses’ Roles, 1900-1948 Care of the Maternal Breast Techniques and Nurses' Roles, 1900- 194 8 jANE FARRELL-BECK Department ofT ex tiles and Clothing Iowa State Unive rsity "!think I have added more to my gray hair by worrying over breasts than in any other way." This was the lament of New Jersey nurse Martha Moore over the fai lure of some attending obstetricians to provide instructions about breast care. ' During the first half of the twentieth century, mothers were generally expected to give their infants mother's milk. Nurses bore the major responsi­ bi lity for helping and teaching pregnant women and new mothers to develop and protect their ability co breast feed. Of course, breast care was only one aspect of the antepartal, inuaparral, and postpartal care delivered by nurses co their patiencs. Whether a nurse lived w ith a private patient in her home, attended co poorer women in community cl inics, or delivered care ro patients of all socioeconomic levels in hospitals,she was the prime agent of maternal well-being. Nurses ' influence could be enormous, because of t heir p rotracted contact with panurient women . During the years between 1900, when specific techniques for care of the breast http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

Care of the Maternal Breast: Techniques and Nurses’ Roles, 1900-1948

Nursing History Review , Volume 9 (1): 20 – Jan 1, 2001

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1062-8061
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1938-1913
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10.1891/1062-8061.9.1.79
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Care of the Maternal Breast Techniques and Nurses' Roles, 1900- 194 8 jANE FARRELL-BECK Department ofT ex tiles and Clothing Iowa State Unive rsity "!think I have added more to my gray hair by worrying over breasts than in any other way." This was the lament of New Jersey nurse Martha Moore over the fai lure of some attending obstetricians to provide instructions about breast care. ' During the first half of the twentieth century, mothers were generally expected to give their infants mother's milk. Nurses bore the major responsi­ bi lity for helping and teaching pregnant women and new mothers to develop and protect their ability co breast feed. Of course, breast care was only one aspect of the antepartal, inuaparral, and postpartal care delivered by nurses co their patiencs. Whether a nurse lived w ith a private patient in her home, attended co poorer women in community cl inics, or delivered care ro patients of all socioeconomic levels in hospitals,she was the prime agent of maternal well-being. Nurses ' influence could be enormous, because of t heir p rotracted contact with panurient women . During the years between 1900, when specific techniques for care of the breast

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Nursing History ReviewSpringer Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 2001

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