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Essential reading for breastfeeding mothers and health professionals.
on 19 June 2009
This deceptively short book (under 300 pages) is more than worth its weight in gold. Diana West, author of "Defining your own success: breastfeeding after reduction surgery", has brought together a mountain of medical research and mothers own stories to produce a volume that would save many women the worry of not producing enough milk to breastfeed their baby. Beginning with a summary of the biology behind milk production, establishing what the range of 'normal' is and how to establish a good supply at birth and investigate possible problems, she then discusses potential causes: is it something you're doing? (latch problems, overnight 'disappearance', stealthy saboteurs: common substances that inhibit milk production; pregnancy; outside interferences, frequency and duration; your ned for sleep; supplementation; nutrition; hydration (did you know, for instance, that drinking too MUCH water can reduce your milk supply?) Is it the baby (palatal variations, airway problems, cardiac problems, nervous system issues etc etc) Is it something about your breasts? (yes, some women do not have enough glandular tissue but that is very rare) or Is it your hormones? I simply cannot praise this book enough and sincerely wish I had read it before my own six month battle to breastfeed my little girl. Luckily her tongue tie (one of /three/ kinds discussed in this book) was treated as well as my by then poor supply and we are still going strong at 12 months. I hope this encourages you to buy it, it is well worth the time.