Defining Your Own Success: Breastfeeding after Breast Reduction Surgery

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This book was written to enable mothers who have had breast reduction surgery to breastfeed their babies. It is generally thought that breastfeeding after breast reduction surgery is not possible. However, recent advances in breast reduction surgical techniques are now resulting in greater preservation of lactation capabilities. In addition to this, thousands of determined women who had been told that it wasn't possible have learned how to breastfeed after breast reduction surgery by combining common ...
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This book was written to enable mothers who have had breast reduction surgery to breastfeed their babies. It is generally thought that breastfeeding after breast reduction surgery is not possible. However, recent advances in breast reduction surgical techniques are now resulting in greater preservation of lactation capabilities. In addition to this, thousands of determined women who had been told that it wasn't possible have learned how to breastfeed after breast reduction surgery by combining common breastfeeding knowledge with trial-and-error experience to develop new knowledge specific to this unique situation. Now, for the first time, these techniques, tools, and insights are discussed in this book, offering thousands more the opportunity to realize that they can successfully breastfeed their babies after breast reduction surgery.

Although written directly to the mother who wishes to breastfeed after breast reduction surgery, this book is also a valuable resource for health care professionals -- surgeons, physicians, midwives, pediatric and maternity nurses, La Leche League Leaders, and lactation consultants -- who work with such mothers, as well as friends and family members. Many general breastfeeding books mention breastfeeding after reduction surgery, but until this book, no comprehensive resource has been available to mothers and their health care givers to explain the specific issues and breastfeeding management techniques that are required to successfully breastfeed after breast reduction surgery. It is the purpose of this book to demonstrate that even a mother with a compromised milk supply can develop a satisfying breastfeeding relationship, providing lifelong emotional and physiological benefits for herself and her baby.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780912500867
  • Publisher: La Leche League International
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Acknowledgements xiii
Introduction xv
Diana's Story xxi
Part I Before Birth: Contemplating Breastfeeding after Breast Reduction Surgery
Chapter 1 Why Women Have Breast Reduction Surgery 3
Physical Reasons 3
Psychological Reasons 6
Making the Decision to Have Breast Reduction Surgery 8
Louise's Story 9
Chapter 2 Before and After: The Effect of Reduction Surgery on the Anatomy and Physiology of the Breast 11
Anatomy of the Lactating Breast 12
Exterior Anatomical Differences of the Breast after Reduction Surgery 17
Physiology of the Lactating Breast 19
Effects of Reduction Mammoplasty Surgical Techniques on Lactation 24
Conclusion 33
Vicki's Story 35
Chapter 3 Why Breastfeeding is Worth the Effort 37
The Wonders of Human Milk 38
The Living Biochemistry of Human Milk 40
The Nutrition of Human Milk 44
Protection Against Disease 49
The Functional Benefits of Breastfeeding 49
The Maternal Benefits of Breastfeeding 51
A Mother's Pride 53
Sarah's Story 58
Chapter 4 What to Expect 61
So What Will Your BFAR Experience Be Like? 61
The Range of BFAR Experiences 62
Determining Your Lactation Potential 62
Research Findings 63
Baseline Lactation Capability 66
Combinations of Feeding Methods 70
The Effort and Rewards of BFAR 73
Patti's Story 75
Chapter 5 Preparing to Breastfeed after Breast Reduction Surgery 79
What You Can Do before the Baby Is Born 79
Carol's Story 94
Part II Baby Is Born: Maximizing Your Milk Supply and Developing Your Breastfeeding Relationship
Chapter 6 Birth and BFAR Mechanics 101
Ensuring a Good Start 102
Beginning to Breastfeed 104
Establishing Your Milk Supply 109
The Influence of the Hospital and Health Care Professionals 116
Tracy's Story 119
Chapter 7 The First Month of BFAR 123
Nurturing Yourself 123
Tracking Your Baby's Progress 130
Evaluating Your Baby's Progress to Determine If Supplementation Is Necessary 139
Special First Month Concerns 141
Conclusion 143
Vanessa's Story 144
Chapter 8 Supplementing 147
When to Begin Supplementation 147
Human Milk Substitutes 153
How to Supplement 159
How Much to Supplement 160
Supplementation Devices 162
Wendy's Story 176
Chapter 9 Increasing Your Milk Supply 179
Psychological Techniques 180
Increased Demand Techniques 182
Galactagogues 193
Janna's Story 209
Chapter 10 Breastfeeding Problems from the BFAR Perspective 211
Nipple/Areola Problems 211
Breast Problems 214
Baby's Problems 217
Mother's Problems 227
Overcoming Severe Difficulties 232
Conclusion 233
Misha's Story 235
Part III Beyond BFAR: Evolving Your BFAR Relationship
Chapter 11 BFAR and the Older Baby 239
How BFAR Changes as Your Child Grows Older 239
Supplementing the Older BFAR Baby 242
Weaning 244
Jenifer's Story 247
Chapter 12 Emotional Issues 249
A Wide Range of Emotions 250
Common Emotional Reactions 253
Emotional Reactions to Specific Situations 256
Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression 259
Coping Techniques 260
Your Identity As a Breastfeeding Mother 262
Conclusion 262
Lara's Story 264
Chapter 13 Defining Your Own Success 267
Exploring Your Feelings 267
Making Peace with Your BFAR Experience 268
Defining Your Own Success 270
Part IV The Professional Perspective
Chapter 14 Assisting the BFAR Mother from the Professional Perspective 275
All Health Care Providers (HCPs) 275
Plastic Surgeons 277
Obstetricians and Midwives 279
Maternity Nurses 281
Lactation Consultants 284
LLL Leaders 285
Pediatricians and Pediatric Nurses 287
BFAR Topics for Future Research 290
Appendices
Appendix 1 Support and Resources 293
Appendix 2 Weight Gain Charts 301
Appendix 3 Assessment Chart 305
Appendix 4 Relaxation Techniques 307
Appendix 5 What to Have On Hand Checklist 315
Appendix 6 Marmet Technique of Manual Expression 317
Glossary 321
Index 325
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2001

    Trial and error experience combined with knowledge

    Defining Your Own Success: Breastfeeding After Beast Reduction Surgery is specifically written to enable mothers who have had breast reduction surgery to breastfeed their babies. Though breastfeeding after such surgery is generally thought impossible, recent advances in breast reduction surgical techniques now allow lactation capabilities to be better retained than in the past. Trial and error experience combined with knowledge has allowed thousands of post-surgical women to breastfeed in spite of the obstacles. Defining Your Own Success explicitly describes how to maximize a woman's milk supply and confront challenges. A special section is also devoted specifically to the professional perspective, from health care providers to plastic surgeons and maternity nurses. Personal anecdotes and several appendices round out this well thought-out reference. Highly recommended.

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