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Jarold “Tom” Johnston Jr., CNM, IBCLC

  • Speaker Type: Optimizing Milk Production Lecture Pack
  • Country: USA

Tom Johnston is unique as a midwife and lactation consultant and the father of eight breastfed children. Recently retired after 27 years in the US Army, he is now an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Methodist University where he teaches, among other things, Maternal-Child Nursing and Nutrition. You may have heard him at a number of conferences at the national level, to include the Association of Woman’s Health and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), the International Lactation Consultant’s Association (ILCA), or perhaps at dozens of other conferences across the country. In his written work he routinely addresses fatherhood and the role of the father in the breastfeeding relationship and has authored a chapter on the role of the father in breastfeeding for “Breastfeeding in Combat Boots: A survival guide to breastfeeding in the military”. Tom is currently working on several articles, one which was released this year in the Clinical Lactation by USLCA on the topic of Engaging Fathers!

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Human Milk Synthesis: Just When You Thought You Knew
"I didn't make enough milk!" We hear it on a regular basis from heartbroken new mothers. In fact, this is the number one factor contributing to breastfeeding failure after two weeks of age is a perception of inadequate milk production. This phenomenon of sudden onset lactation failure is widely accepted as a common occurrence among breastfeeding mothers. This topic has been the subject of a number of quality studies that have yielded a conflicting mix of responses from primary health care providers and lactation consultants alike. This discussion will attempt to shed light on the very different concepts of "Milk Production" vs. "Milk Synthesis" and will demonstrate how confusion between those two concepts have clouded the study of milk production, promote the fallacy of "insufficient milk production syndrome", and contribute to the failure of breastfeeding. This presentation will also attempt to provide a preliminary course of action to begin anew in milk production research and perhaps even provide a framework for helping the new mothers facing the milk supply challenge.
Hours / CE Credits: 1 (details)  |  Categories: Breastfeeding and Lactation