The goal is to “fight against the mortality of infants”. Doctor Dufour emphasizes the importance and quality of breastfeeding, but he is aware of the difficulty or impossibility that young mothers working in the workshop encounter.
To overcome this, he proposes a balanced diet as close as possible to breast milk: every day, in the premises of the “Goutte de Lait”, rue du Précieux Sang, are prepared small baskets of 8 to 10 bottles, daily ration for a newborn. Families in need can withdraw these bottles free of charge and a consultation for infants is open every day.
Young mothers gradually learn to monitor the weight, evolution and diet of their children. Dr. Dufour is not afraid to leave the door of his consulting room and waiting room open, each one can put to good use the advice repeatedly expressed.
He shows boundless patience and perseverance to educate young mothers who are often unaware of the dangers of poor hygiene for their babies.
- “A mother should never blame herself for not doing everything possible to breastfeed her child”
- “Wash or bathe your children, with warm water, as often as possible, every day is the best”
- “Ventilate your homes extensively”