The Breastfeeding Mother's Guide to Making More Milk: Foreword by Martha Sears, RN

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  • Copyright: 2008-11-18
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Concerned about making enough milk for your baby? Wondering how to make more? Two lactation experts are here to help. ..Separate fact from fiction with help from this comprehensive book about improving low milk supply. Written by two leading experts who have been there themselves and officially recommended by La Leche League International, The Breastfeeding Mother's Guide to Making More Milk incorporates the latest research and discoveries about causes of low milk supply, the way your body makes milk, and how babies contribute to your milk production. Best of all, you'll find valuable suggestions for both time-honored and innovative ways to make more milk. .Learn the facts about: . Determining if baby is really getting enough milk. Supplementing without decreasing your supply. Maximizing the amount of milk you can make. Identifying the causes of your low supply. Increasing your supply with the most effective methods, including pumping, herbs, medications, foods, and alternative therapies. Making more milk when you return to work, exclusively pump, have a premie or multiples, relactate, or induce lactation .

Author Biography

Diana West, IBCLC, is a board certified lactation consultant in private practice and author of Defining Your Own Success: Breastfeeding After Breast Reduction Surgery.


Lisa Marasco, M.A., IBCLC, is a board certified lactation consultant both in private practice and for WIC and contributing author to the Core Curriculum for Lactation Consultant Practice.


Table of Contents

Forewordp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. xix
Investigating Your Milk Supplyp. 1
Understanding Your Milk Factoryp. 3
Seasons of Breast Development: Growing a Milk Factory
Hormones and the Milk-Making Process
Milk Ejection: Nature's Delivery System
How Your Body Decides How Much Milk to Make
Baby Calls the Shots
The Resource-Efficient Breast
The Role of Storage Capacity
Does Milk Production Have an Upper Limit?
The Milk Supply Equation
Milk Production Is Designed to Succeed
What's Normal and What's Notp. 15
Commonly Misinterpreted Baby Behaviors
Commonly Misinterpreted Maternal Indicators
Do You Have Enough Milk?
How to Know If There Really Is a Problemp. 29
Determining If Your Baby Is Getting Enough Milk
Weight Gain to Gauge Milk Intake
Diaper Output to Gauge Milk Intake
Feeding Test Weights
Measuring Production by Pumping
The Final Results
Developing a Milk Management Strategy
Making the Most of What You Havep. 39
Supplementing Without Decreasing Your Milk Supplyp. 41
When to Begin Supplementation
How Much to Supplement: A Starting Point
Choosing a Supplement
Supplementation Devices
Weaning from Supplements
Solids as Supplements
Getting Your Milk Supply Off to a Good Startp. 57
Get a Head Start: Expressing Milk Before Baby Is Born
Nurse in the First Hour
Keep Baby Skin to Skin as Much as Possible
Delay Bathing
Optimal Milk Production Depends on an Optimal Latch
Optimizing Milk Removal: Breast Massage and Compression
Proximity and Frequency
Avoid the Visitor Syndrome
Express Milk After Breastfeeding
Don't Skip Nighttime Feedings
Putting It All Together: The Essential Elements
Investigating Causes of Low Milk Productionp. 69
Is It Something You're Doing?p. 71
Finding Causes of Low Milk Production
Latch Problems
When Milk Seems to Dry Up Overnight
Stealthy Saboteurs: Common Substances That Inhibit Milk Production
Outside Interferences
Feeding Frequency and Duration
Your Need for Sleep
Unnecessary Supplementation
Is It Something Your Baby Is Doing?p. 87
Suck Problems
Palatal Variations
Facial Abnormalities
Airway Problems
Cardiac Problems
Nervous System Issues
The Large, Small, or Early Baby
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
Is It Something About Your Breasts?p. 103
Anatomical Variations
Breast Structure
Is It Your Hormones?p. 119
Hormonal Issues: The Big Spider Web
Postpartum Hemorrhage and Sheehan's Syndrome
Placental Problems
Thyroid Dysfunction
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
Luteal Phase Defect
Gestational Ovarian Theca Lutein Cysts
The Age Factor
What Do I Do Now?
Can Your Mind Affect Your Supply?p. 141
Mind over Milk or Milk over Mind?
Potential Inhibitors of Milk Ejection
Harnessing Your Mind to Make More Milk
Increasing Milk Productionp. 153
Physical Techniques to Make More Milkp. 155
Breastfeed More Frequently
Breast Massage and Compressions
Alternative Therapies
Galactogogues: Foods, Herbs, and Medications That Stimulate Milk Productionp. 167
Targeting: Choosing the Best Galactogogue for Your Needs
Pharmaceutical Galactogogues
Lactogenic Foods: Setting the Stage for a Good Milk Supply
Navigating the World of Herbal Galactogogues
Milk Ejection Aids
Homeopathic Galactogogues
When Do I Stop Taking a Galactogogue?
Making More Milk When You Return to Work or Schoolp. 193
Maximizing Your Milk Production
Make Your Plan
How Milk Production Can Decrease
Increasing Your Supply While Working
Solids Take the Pressure Off
Making More Milk in Special Situations: Exclusive Pumping, Premies, Multiples, Relactation, and Induced Lactationp. 205
Exclusive Pumping
Premature Babies
Induced Lactation
Surviving the Present and Planning for the Futurep. 217
Coping with Low Milk Supplyp. 219
Making Peace with Your Milk Supply
Coping Techniques
What About Next Time?p. 229
A Proactive Approach
Hope Is on the Horizon
Thank You for Sharing Your Journey with Us
Galactogogue Tablesp. 235
Referencesp. 247
Indexp. 269
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