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- n. Alternative spelling of beestings.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. The first milk given by a cow after calving.
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Apply the juice of the fig inwardly to the vein; or having moulded biestings into a tent, introduce up the nostril, or push up some chalcitis with the finger, and press the cartilages of the nostrils together; and open the bowels with the boiled milk of asses: or having shaved the head apply cold things to it if in the summer season.
The first milk after calving is called biestings, and is so very different in quality from the other milk, that it should not be mixed with it.
Besides, there is a thick cream (similar to the biestings of a cow), which, if not drawn out by the child, may cause inflammation and gathering of the bosom, and, consequently, great suffering to the mother.
For instance, during the commencement of suckling, the milk is thick and creamy, similar to the biestings of a cow, which, if given to a babe of a few months old, would cause derangement of the stomach and bowels.