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The BFAR Book

Defining Your Own Success: Breastfeeding After Breast Reduction Surgery




Defining Your Own Success: Breastfeeding After Breast Reduction Surgery
by Diana West, BA, IBCLC

A comprehensive book on the subject of breastfeeding after breast reduction surgery. It was written by Diana West, IBCLC, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and the owner/ administrator of this website. She is a BFAR mother herself and has successfully breastfed three sons.

This book is an indispensible resource for BFAR family, friends, and caregivers, as well as lactation professionals. It is a comprehensive discussion of all the factors that surround breastfeeding after breast reduction surgery, including:

        • A review of the many tremendously valid reasons women have breast reduction surgery
        • A clear explanation of the anatomy and physiology of the mammary system
        • A discussion of the most common breast reduction surgery techniques performed and each surgery's effect upon milk producing tissue
        • A discussion of the vast benefits of human milk and breastfeeding
        • The wide range of BFAR experiences with many anecdotal stories provided by BFAR mothers
        • A thorough discussion of what you can expect to feel and experience in your BFAR journey
        • How you can prepare for breastfeeding before your baby is born
        • A discussion of the practical mechanics of breastfeeding from the the BFAR perspective
        • How to maximize your milk supply and breastfeed in the first few weeks postpartum
        • Supplementing...when, what, how and how much
        • Methods of increasing your milk supply, including pumping and galactagogues (NOTE: This chapter is quite outdated now -- the updated information can be found in Diana's next book, The Breastfeeding Mother's Guide to Making More Milk, McGraw-Hill, 2008)
        • Common breastfeeding problems from the BFAR perspective
        • BFAR and the older child
        • BFAR emotional issues
        • Evaluating and finding peace with your BFAR experience
        • How professional caregivers can assist the BFAR mother
        • Resources
        • Weight gain charts
        • Assessment chart
        • Relaxation techniques
        • What to have on hand checklist

          and much more!

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