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Defining Your Own Success: Breastfeeding After Breast Reduction Surgery [Paperback]

Diana West , Jack Newman
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January 2001 0912500867 978-0912500867
This book was written to enable mother who have had breast reduction surgery to breastfeed their babies. although written directly to the mother who wishes to breastfeed after reduction, this book is also a valuable resource for health care professionals--surgeons, physicians, midwives, pediatrics and maternity nurses and lactation consultants. This first of its kind publication addresses questions and myths whether its possible to breastfeed after breast reduction surgery.

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Diana West mothers her three charming, breastfed sons in partnership with her husband Brad and their faithful Maine coon cat, Ansel, in their home in Gaithersburg, Maryland. She holds a degree in in Pyschology form the University of maryland. Diana is a LLL Leader, active on the local Area, and International levels. She is also the co-founder of the BFAR (Breastfeeding After Reduction) email list, an intructor of breastfeeding classes to new mothers, the owner and administrator of the non-profit BFAR website, a website designer and develper, and owner of an online consignment business.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable if you plan to BFAR Feb. 4 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I was so glad to find this book while pregnant with my son! It really answered all the questions I had about attempting breastfeeding after my breast reduction surgery. There is much good information about the various reduction techniques and likliehood of successful BFAR (breastfeeding after reduction) with each technique. The book includes personal stories with a variety of BFAR experiences as well as tips for increasing and, if necessarly, supplementing your milk supply. It really focuses on the aspects of breastfeeding that are unique to those who have undergone breast reduction surgery, and, in companion with a good book on breastfeeding basics, is all you need!
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT !! March 7 2003
By RMQ71
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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5.0 out of 5 stars INCREDIBLE resource Jan. 13 2005
By KristiMetz - Published on Amazon.com
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, invaluable, especially for bf "helpers" Oct. 1 2001
By Tammy L. Schilling - Published on Amazon.com
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.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT !! March 7 2003
By RMQ71 - Published on Amazon.com
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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book Sept. 8 2001
By "guenhwyvarap" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trial and error experience combined with knowledge Oct. 10 2001
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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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