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1st Edition

A Guide to Supporting Breastfeeding for the Medical Profession

Edited By

Amy Brown


Wendy Jones

ISBN 9780367206468
Published December 5, 2019 by Routledge
186 Pages 24 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book is a practical guide for medical practitioners as they navigate through breastfeeding problems that occur in day-to-day practice.

If mothers have a breastfeeding complication they are often directed to their GP. In complex situations, medical staff will be making decisions around what treatment plan to follow and whether a mother can keep breastfeeding. In recent years there has been growing evidence that medical professionals often advise mothers to stop breastfeeding while undergoing treatment, when in reality this was not a necessary step. In a time when breastfeeding rates are decreasing, it is important that medical professionals give accurate advice and support a mother’s choice to breastfeed if the situation allows it. A Guide to Supporting Breastfeeding for the Medical Profession includes contributions from a wide range of medical professionals and each chapter is written with the practitioner in mind. Contributors include GPs, paediatricians, neonatologists, lactation specialists and midwives.

Doctors have a vital role to play in supporting and facilitating breastfeeding, and without the appropriate knowledge they can often inadvertently sabotage it. This book will be of interest to GPs and paediatricians as well as nurse prescribers, midwives and health visitors.

Table of Contents


Sue Ashmore

1. The Role of Primary Care and the GP in Supporting Breastfeeding

Marie-Therese Lovis

2. Why breastfeeding matters

Natalie Shenker

3. Why are breastfeeding rates in the UK so low?

Amy Brown

4. Contra indications to breastfeeding

Wendy Jones

5. Breastfeeding and Infant Sleep – what medical practitioners need to know

Helen L. Ball

6. Birth experience and breastfeeding

Amy Brown and Jenny Clarke

7. Breastfeeding complications

Emma Pickett and Wendy Jones

8. Pharmacokinetics of Drug Transfer into breastmilk

Wendy Jones

9. Compatibility of commonly used drugs in lactation

Wendy Jones

10. Supporting breastfeeding women with mental health issues

Beth Chapman

11. Tongue tie

Sarah Oakley

12. Colic and reflux in the breastfed baby

Shel Banks

13. Why provide donor human milk?

Natalie Shenker

14. Breastfeeding a baby with complications

Sandi, Helen and Pippa

15. Breastfeeding sick babies

Vicky Thomas

16. Infant Feeding in Emergencies: What do doctors need to know?

Helen Gray

17. What GPs need to know about breastmilk substitutes

Helen Crawley

18. Stopping breastfeeding

Emma Pickett

19. Where to find out more


Sue Ashmore


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Amy Brown is Professor of Child Public Health at Swansea University, where she has published over 100 research papers and books examining psychological, cultural and societal barriers to breastfeeding. Her research seeks to shift our perception of breastfeeding from an individual mothering issue to a wider public health challenge. 

Wendy Jones is a pharmacist, with over 25 years of experience as a breastfeeding support worker for the Breastfeeding Network (BfN). She runs the BfN Drugs in Breastmilk Service and has presented widely to healthcare professionals, volunteers and mothers on this subject. She qualified as an independent pharmacist prescriber but is now retired.