-Generally the milk does not come until twelve or twenty-four hours after delivery.
Sometimes it is delayed for a day or two. it may come without any trouble, or there may be pains and constitutional disturbance, which goes by the name of “milk-fever.”
General Treatment.-This is the treatment for all feverish states- quiet, fresh air without draught, light diet. An Arnica compress (five drops of the tincture to a wineglassful of water) may be applied once or twice a day; or the breasts may be gently rubbed with camphorated olive oil; or bathe them with hot lard, and afterwards cover them over with medicated cotton wool.
Medicines.-(Every hour or two.)
-Distension, soreness, or hardness of the breasts. Arnica may be applied locally in the form of a compress; the strength should be five drops of the tincture to a wineglassful of water.
-Much fever, hot, dry skin; redness of face; breasts hard and knotted; restlessness, anxiety, discouragement.
-After Aconite; oppression of the chest; violent pain in the head, constipation, pain in the breasts, engorgement.
-Nervous excitement and restlessness.
-Great distension of the breasts; soreness and rheumatic pains extending to both shoulders down to the arms.