Defining Your Own Success: Breast feeding after Breast Reduction Surgery


A comprehensive book on the subject of breastfeeding after breast reduction surgery. It was written by Diana West, IBCLC, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and the owner/ administrator of this website. She is a BFAR mother herself and has successfully breastfed three sons.

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This book is an indispensible resource for BFAR family, friends, and caregivers, as well as lactation professionals. It is a comprehensive discussion of all the factors that surround breastfeeding after breast reduction surgery, including:

A review of the many tremendously valid reasons women have breast reduction surgery
A clear explanation of the anatomy and physiology of the mammary system
A discussion of the most common breast reduction surgery techniques performed and each surgery’s effect upon milk producing tissue
A discussion of the vast benefits of human milk and breastfeeding
The wide range of BFAR experiences with many anecdotal stories provided by BFAR mothers
A thorough discussion of what you can expect to feel and experience in your BFAR journey
How you can prepare for breastfeeding before your baby is born
A discussion of the practical mechanics of breastfeeding from the the BFAR perspective
How to maximize your milk supply and breastfeed in the first few weeks postpartum
Supplementing…when, what, how and how much
Methods of increasing your milk supply, including pumping and galactagogues (NOTE: This chapter is quite outdated now — the updated information can be found in Diana’s next book, The Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to Making More Milk, McGraw-Hill, 2008)
Common breastfeeding problems from the BFAR perspective
BFAR and the older child
BFAR emotional issues
Evaluating and finding peace with your BFAR experience
How professional caregivers can assist the BFAR mother
Weight gain charts
Assessment chart
Relaxation techniques
What to have on hand checklist
and much more!