Part 1: Breastfeeding: Part Mum, Part Baby, Part Teamwork
This presentation will piece together the current knowledge on breastfeeding from the mother’s perspective (milk ejection, breast anatomy, milk storage and availability) as well as the infant’s perspective (sucking, swallowing, breathing and appetite). In addition, topics relating to the mother and infant interacting as a team will be covered. This interaction will be described in terms of breastfeeding behavior (frequency and patterns) as well as at the effects of skin-to-skin and hormones such as oxytocin.
Part 2: Maximizing Milk Production
Tying in with the first part of the presentation, we dig a little deeper into the often forgotten, but crucial component of a successful lactation: the milk ejection reflex. I will describe the latest research that has brought about a new understanding of role of milk ejection in milk removal. In this context, the newest research on the topics of using different sized breastshields and double versus single pumping will be described.