Clinical Management of Breastfeeding

by Anil Mokashi, Santosh Nimbalkar

This book, Clinical Management of Breastfeeding, deals with breastfeeding and other lactation-related issues. Unfortunately, lactation management has no place in ‘any educational curriculum’. Educated families also make grave mistakes, leading to lactation failure, affecting growth and development of child/infant population. The book clearly lays emphasis on building skilled breastfeeding or infant and young child feeding counselors. Several chapters of the book deal with different and varied issues including how to talk to a mother, how to take history and dealing with low birth weight babies makes it special. The chapter dealing with production and intake of breast milk is critical for success as is the understanding that breastfeeding is a process determined by hormonal control and dependent on sucking by the baby. It is not essential to be a doctor to become a lactation management counselor. Pediatricians, gynecologists, doctors, physiotherapists, clinical psychologists, naturopaths, dietitians, home science graduates, their wives or close relatives can pursue this career.

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