Recognizing and Treating Delayed or Failed Lactogenesis II

Nancy M. Hurst, RN, DSN, IBCLC


J Midwifery Womens Health. 2007;52(6):588-594. 

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Understanding the mechanisms in which various factors influence lactation and breastfeeding is required as a basis for analyzing the possible effects on this process in situations where delayed or failed lactogenesis is suspected. Recognizing when and how to intervene in order to properly detect and assess the degree to which lactation is compromised will allow for individualized interventions and appropriate follow-up. A collaborative effort between nurses, midwives, physicians, and lactation consultants will serve each mother with a coordinated and individualized plan of care for her unique situation. Finally, helping the mother recognize her full lactation potential, even when it falls short of exclusive breastfeeding, can result in a feeling of success and accomplishment.


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