This book is a practical guide for medical practitioners as they navigate through breastfeeding problems that occur in day-to-day practice.If mothers have a breastfeeding complication they are often directed to their GP. In complex situations, medical staff will be making decisions around what treatment plan to follow and whether a mother can keep breastfeeding. In recent years there has been growing evidence that medical professionals often advise mothers to stop breastfeeding while undergoing treatment, when in reality this was not a necessary step. In a time where breastfeeding rates are decreasing, it is important that medical professionals give accurate advice and support a mother's choice to breastfeed if the situation allows it. A Guide to Supporting Breastfeeding for the Medical Profession includes contributions from a wide range of medical professionals and each chapter is written with the practitioner in mind. Contributors include GPs, paediatricians, neonatologists, lactation specialists and midwives. Doctors have a vital role to play in supporting and facilitating breastfeeding, and without the appropriate knowledge they can often inadvertently sabotage it. This book will be of interest to GPs and paediatricians as well as nurse prescribers, midwives and health visitors.
ForewordSue Ashmore1. The Role of Primary Care and the GP in Supporting Breastfeeding Marie-Therese Lovis2. Why breastfeeding matters Natalie Shenker3. Why are breastfeeding rates in the UK so low? Amy Brown 4. Contra indications to breastfeedingWendy Jones5. Breastfeeding and Infant Sleep - what medical practitioners need to knowHelen Ball 6. Birth experience and breastfeeding Amy Brown and Jenny Clarke7. Breastfeeding complicationsEmma Pickett8. Pharmacokinetics of Drug Transfer into breastmilkWendy Jones 9. Compatibility of commonly used drugs in lactationWendy Jones10. Supporting breastfeeding women with mental health issuesBeth Chapman11. Tongue tie Sarah Oakley 12. Colic and reflux in the breastfed babyShel Banks13. Why provide donor human milk?Natalie Shenker14. Breastfeeding a baby with complicationsSandi, Helen and Pippa15. Breastfeeding sick babies Vicky Thomas 16. Infant Feeding in Emergencies: What do doctors need to know?Helen Gray17. What GPs need to know about breastmilk substitutesHelen Crawley18. Stopping breastfeedingEmma Pickett19. Where to find out moreForewordSue Ashmore