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Pediatr Rev. 1997 May;18(5):147-61.

Breastfeeding update. 2: Clinical lactation management.

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Lactation Services, Columbia Wesley Medical Center, KS., USA.


Breastfeeding encompasses the anatomy, physiology, psychology, and social constructs of both mother and infant. It takes time for early breastfeeding to become established while mother and infant are learning the process. When pathology is present, complex situation arise that require significant clinical expertise. Pediatricians are crucial to the success of early breastfeeding through both advice and clinical care. A confident, positive attitude coupled with knowledgeable, concrete actions can maximize the impact of physicians. Decisions, policies, and patient care that demonstrate knowledge and commitment can help women to achieve breastfeeding goals. This, in turn, will allow children to benefit fully from the numerous advantages that breastfeeding and human milk have been proven to provide.

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