Counseling the Breastfeeding Mother

This article reviews the mechanics of breastfeeding, correct breastfeeding techniques, and sufficient versus insufficient milk supplies. A discussion of early follow-up of the breastfeeding mother-infant dyad and the warning signs of difficulties in that dyad are also included. Emphasis is placed on assessing the breastfeeding neonate and determining when neonatal jaundice is pathologic. Finally, common breastfeeding problems are discussed, with emphasis on their early recognition and management. For more information about the physiology of lactation and about the structure and biochemical features of human milk, please see the eMedicine article Human Milk and Lactation.

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