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Defining your Own Success: Breastfeeding After Breast Reduction Surgery Paperback – July 1, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0912500867 ISBN-10: 0912500867 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: La Leche League Intl; 1 edition (July 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0912500867
  • ISBN-13: 978-0912500867
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Diana West is an international board-certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) in private practice, author of "Defining Your Own Success: Breastfeeding After Breast Reduction Surgery," ILCA's popular "Clinician's Breastfeeding Triage Tool," and co-author with Lisa Marasco of "Making More Milk: A Nursing Mother's Guide to Milk Supply." She is a retired La Leche League Leader, a website developer, and administrator of the popular BFAR.org, LowMilkSupply.org, and LactSpeak.org websites. To top it all off, she and her family raise german shepherd guide dog puppies for the Seeing Eye. Most importantly, though, Diana mothers her three charming, breastfed sons in partnership with her husband Brad in their home in New Jersey, which she has discovered is much nicer than the way it looks on the Sopranos.

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Diana West is an international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) in private practice, co-author with Teresa Pitman and Diane Wiessinger of the 8th edition of La Leche League International's "The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding." She is also co-author with Lisa Marasco of "The Breastfeeding Mother's Guide to Making More Milk" and Dr. Elliot Hirsch of "Breastfeeding After Breast and Nipple Procedures." She is the author of the "Clinician's Breastfeeding Triage Tool" and "Defining Your Own Success: Breastfeeding After Breast Reduction Surgery." She has a bachelor's degree in psychology, is a La Leche League Leader, a website developer, and administrator of the popular BFAR.org, LowMilkSupply.org, and LactSpeak.com websites. Diana has been a member of the Board of Directors for the International Lactation Consultant Association. She lives with her three sons and one husband in the picturesque mountains of western New Jersey. Visit her speaker page at http://www.lactspeak.com/speakers/dianawest.

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This is the most informative book on the topic that you can find.
A. Hedgpeth
Everyone that wants to breastfeed after a breast reduction or help someone do so must read this book.
Susan Peavy
This book is an incredible resource, and not just for those breastfeeding after reduction surgery.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is an incredible resource, and not just for those breastfeeding after reduction surgery. It contains wonderful breastfeeding info from how the breast works to herbs/drugs available to increase supply.

Oh yeah, and it also contains wonderful and complete information, as well as personal stories, regarding breastfeeding after reduction surgery!

I got this book while pregnant, and it really helped me set realistic expectations for what to expect. My supply turned out to be really low and it has invaluable resources for ways to increase supply. I still only produce around 8 ounces a day, but I've stuck with it and am still nursing my 13 month old.

Try to keep in mind that you won't know how you feel about this until you actually have your baby. Get this book and get educated. Then when the going gets rough, make a decision that you know in your heart you won't end up regretting.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tammy L. Schilling on October 1, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is simply wonderful. Tons of scientific information presented in a thoroughly readable fashion. Personal stories of BFAR women are wonderful. The book offers tons of hope to BFAR mothers. More importantly, it also offers empowerment and respect. There is no false hope offered for a "perfect" breastfeeding experience, nor is there any second guessing of the mother's decision to have the reduction surgery. Only straight forward information about what reduction surgery does to the mammary system, how milk production can be maximized, tools and techniques to assist in BFAR, and the respect for the mother to go forward and make the best decision about how to handle her personal BFAR experience.
The chapter about "Defining Your Own Success" I found especially wonderful. As a person who helps other mothers by giving them breastfeeding information, it was a wonderful piece to give me the tools to help mothers who have had a less than "perfect" breastfeeding experience (even if not related to BFAR) make peace with her experience. It is no surprise that Diana West is a La Leche League leader. This is a very typical and wonderful example of the warmth, respect, and non-judgementalism that La Leche League leaders are known for exhibiting.
Every mother who has had a breast reduction or is contemplating a breast reduction should read this book. All lactation consultants, pediatricians, obstetricians, plastic surgeons, La Leche League Leaders, midwives and doulas should read this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By RMQ71 on March 7, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book was extrememly helpful. Not only did it provide medical information, but real life stories of BFAR mothers. It explained in detail how to increase your milk supply, how to suppliment, and what you can expect emotionally. It gives you advice on what to do before baby is born, how to handle things after baby comes. Well thought out, Well referenced, Well written. A necessary book to have if you want to nurse your child after having breast surgery.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "guenhwyvarap" on September 8, 2001
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This a fantastic book for the woman who is preparing to breastfeed after breast reduction surgery, who is currently breastfeeding after surgery, family members of such a woman who want to offer her support, lactation consultants and any health care practitioner who works with breastfeeding mothers. It covers every aspect of breastfeeding after reduction from the reasons why women have this surgery, the different types of surgeries and how they can impact lactation, to the benefits of feeding at the breast and the benefits of breastmilk, the practical considerations of BFAR, how to increase milk supply and the emotional aspects BFAR. In addition to being a wealth of practical information, I also found this book to be a wonderful reminder of why breastfeeding is best. It was inspiring and motivating. I only wish this book had been around when I had my first child. I know it would have made a world of difference to my daughter's and my attempt at BFAR. I highly recommend this book to any woman contemplating breastfeeding after reduction and any woman considering breast reduction surgery and even suspects she may want to breastfeed her future children.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susan Peavy on July 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
Incredible....Amazing....Inspirational! Everyone that wants to breastfeed after a breast reduction or help someone do so must read this book. This book is the only comprehensive body of information on this topic. It covers breast reduction techniques, reasons to breastfeed, ways to supplement, methods to maximize your milk supply, issues specific to breastfeeding after reduction, and real life stories. Diana's insight offers practical and emotional support to those breastfeeding after reduction.
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