Breastfeeding After Breast Surgery (Part 1)

PART 1 As with surgery in any part of the body, surgery on the breast should be undertaken only if necessary and only if other tests (ultrasound, MRI, for example) or treatment have not been helpful in defining or solving the problem. Unfortunately, many surgeons, even...

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Why are breastmilk and formula not the same?

Is formula the same as breastmilk?      There are many people, including many health professionals, who argue that there is no difference between breastmilk and formulas now that so many “improvements” in formula have been made and previously missing ingredients in formula have been added.  However, at the...

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What about nipple shields?

The use of nipple shields has become almost epidemic in North America and Europe. Nipple shields are seen as the answer to virtually all breastfeeding problems, from babies not latching on, to nipple soreness, to routine use for premature babies. Even the perception of a mother’s nipples...

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Late onset decreased milk supply

From the emails I receive and from the patients we see in our breastfeeding clinic, I believe that “late onset decreased milk supply” is a common problem and is often misdiagnosed as something else, frequently "reflux" and/or allergy to something in the mother's milk.  It’s...

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Reflux or no Reflux?

A mother of a 4 months old, (7.2 kg) 15 lbs 13 oz, baby writes:   “My baby boy is on reflux meds since around 7 weeks of age.  This was done because he spits up a lot and chokes while lying down.  He takes only one...

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Who transfers the milk?

The video below is of a baby born at 35 weeks gestation (see a larger and longer version of the video), now 5 weeks old. The mother is breastfeeding and supplementing with a bottle. The video shows that the widely held notion that breastfeeding “tires out the baby”...

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The Right to Breastfeed

Many women who would like to breastfeed are not given the right to breastfeed their baby or the right to continue breastfeeding their baby. In fact, many mothers are being told that there is no difference between breastfeeding and artificial feeding and thus are not being given the information to...

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Can You Tell whether a Baby’s Latch is Good?

Getting the best latch possible when a baby is breastfeeding is crucial for helping mothers with breastfeeding problems and it is one of the skills that we teach mothers at our breastfeeding clinic. A good latch is the basis for:   Helping a mother with sore nipples. Helping the...

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