LETTER OF THE WEEK
As a very retired trained nurse and midwife I appreciated the thoughtprovoking and sometimes humorous article on public breastfeeding by Kathy Lette (Meals on Heels, Nov 14-15)
One Sunday morning in Britain in the late 1950s as a student midwife I had attended a new mum and bathed and weighed the baby.
Suddenly we heard the Greensleeves tune outside, played by the ice cream van.
“Would you like an ice cream, nurse?” asked the proud father. “Oh, yes please,” was my reply. He turned to his wife. “What about you, dear, would you like one?”
The new mum hesitated, looked at him and tentatively at me. “Is that all right, nurse?” she asked. “Of course,” I replied. “Well,” she stated, “I want to do the right thing; I don’t want to chill the milk!”
Meg Skuce, SRN SCM, Encounter Bay