Defining your Own Success: Breastfeeding After Breast Reduction Surgery Paperback – July 1, 2001
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About the Author
- Publisher : LA Leche League Intl; 1st edition (July 1, 2001)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 328 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0912500867
- ISBN-13 : 978-0912500867
- Item Weight : 1.3 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1 x 8.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #904,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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.
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.
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Reading this book has made me feel SO much more knowledgeable, and I know what to do (and not to do) to maximise my chances this time around. The book is the single best authority on this admittedly obscure topic and I'm not aware that any other book even comes close. Yes it's a little out of date but I didn't find that problematic, other than the fact that it is impossible to buy in the UK and expensive to buy second hand. But I don't regret a penny of the cost given how much more prepared I feel for my 2nd attempt at BFAR.
The downside is that it is so overwhelmingly pro-BFAR that it doesn't acknowledge how draining BFAR can be, given all the extra feeds and pumping that you need to do to maximise your supply. For example, it is very anti-formula (pumped milk far preferred) and anti-bottle (to avoid nipple preference). This is completely logical and the reasons are explained, but it fails to take into account how exhausting it can be to do everything needed to really maximise your supply. It would have been nice for it to acknowledge that mums may feel there is a limit to what they are willing to do, in order to regain some sleep or downtime, and that mums should feel ok with making such a decision even if it means compromising on their maximum milk output. Knowing where to draw the line is something all mums have to decide for themselves, weighing up all the relevant factors.
If you are reading this and wondering whether you can justify the cost of a 2nd hand book - do it - you will be glad you read it.