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The Making of Human Milk: A Clinical Update

  • Duration: 90 Mins
  • Credits:
  • Learning Format: Recording
  • Handout: Yes
  • Origin: GOLD Learning

How often to we hear mothers say “I just didn’t make enough”. Everyone seems to blame the mother for everything, it seems that every time it rains the mother and the pediatrician think it is raining because mother didn’t make enough milk, usually with no evidence. This talk will discuss the scientific evidence behind low milk supply, and several methods used to measure it. We will clarify some of the confusing and often misleading terms used to discuss breastfeeding, milk production, milk synthesis, milk supply, and how they are used to mean the same thing, when they actually are very different. The speaker will attempt to clarify this confusion by introducing three new terms, Milk Delivery, Milk Production, and Milk Transfer, as well as introducing a new model for assessing and diagnosing potential issues with milk supply.

Learning Objectives:

1. Define Milk Synthesis and Milk Production.

2. Demonstrate basic working knowledge of available strategies for measuring milk supply (both synthesis and production, and their limitations.

3. List helpful teaching strategies and counseling styles that will minimize the perceptions of inadequate milk supply.