LET­TER OF THE WEEK

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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

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