- Paperback: 328 pages
- Publisher: LA Leche League Intl; 1 edition (July 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0912500867
- ISBN-13: 978-0912500867
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Defining your Own Success: Breastfeeding After Breast Reduction Surgery 1st Edition
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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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I was not able to breastfeed my first child because I had prepared for lactation just as other women do. Only after my baby would spend 45 minutes trying to nurse and the lactation consultant's scale showed she was not able to get more than a few drops of milk, did I realize that my breast reduction had damaged essential nerves and there was a disconnect between milk production and the "let down" function. My brain did not register a baby at the breast. It was a traumatic experience for me & baby. By the time we came up with a plan of attack, it was too late: baby was hooked on the bottle doctors told me I HAD to use if baby was to survive.
This book was heaven-sent! I purchased it several months before I gave birth to my second child, used all of their tips and successfully breastfed my 2nd and 3rd children. I had to use the SNS system with the second child, but I was prepared and where other women stock on bottle feeding supplies, I stocked on SNS stuff. With my 3rd child, I only used the "tricking your brain into believing you are feeding twins" strategy and rented an industrial-grade breast pump before due date. I used it for 10 months. My 3rd child was solely breastfed for 10 months and then he took bottles with my frozen milk into age 1 - never had formula.
This book and this book alone is the reason for my success story.
Defining Your own Success gives a realistic picture of what you might expect. It is full of facts, physical explanations, and practical information and advice. In addition, there are many personal stories from women who have gone through breast feeding with the many challenges, and give real-life advice and encouragement are wonderful help as well. Plus there is a teriffic resource guide that is helpful for following up with some paraphernalia to make the new mom's life easier and great support contacts of all kinds, to support the journey with mom and kiddo. Bravo!
P.S. if you have a midwife or OB willing, this would be a fantastic resource for them.
With my daughter I was only able to nurse until 7 months, but that is because we conceived our son when she was 4 months old. There was a terrible learning curve with my daughter. She was placed in the NICU the first 4 days of her life and I thought, "that's it, it's not going to happen." But re-reading this book kept my hopes alive. It taught me that every woman is different, every woman's experience is different. I found myself going back to the book during those 7 months that she nursed whenever we'd have "issues." We weren't able to exclusively breastfeed, but it doesn't matter. I was able to provide her with the best start for her little life because I was informed. I would have given up the first day had it not been for this book.
A short 13 months after our daughter I gave birth to our son. I once again found myself re-reading the book, looking for little tips that would help with our nursing issues. This time it wasn't a supply issue, actually my supply was amazing at first. But within the first three months of his life it was determined he needed speech therapy to correct tongue issues with lead to nursing issues which in turn lead to supply issues. After weeks of therapy and a little boost from domperidone (noted in the book, it worked wonders for me) we have been exclusively breastfeeding for nearly 11 months now. I still hold firm to the belief that I WOULD NOT HAVE made it this far had it not been for the material in this book. If you read the book and LISTEN to what is being said you'll find comfort in knowing you had the knowledge to do what you dreamed of. Breastfeeding after a readuction is possible. I'm very saddened that I HAD to turn to a book to get the knowledge that for some reason an OB's office was unwilling to share, but grateful that the book exists.