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Breastfeeding Management for the Clinician, Fourth Edition
Using the Evidence

Author(s): Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC, Executive Director, National Alliance for Breastfeeding Advocacy
  • ISBN-13: 9781284091045
  • Paperback    700 pages      © 2017
Price: $111.95 US List
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Awarded Third Place in the 2016 AJN Book of the Year Awards in the Maternal-Child Health Category!

Breastfeeding Management for the Clinician: Using the Evidence, Fourth Edition is an essential and practical reference guide for clinicians. Using a research-based approach, it includes literature reviews while covering incidence, etiology, risk factors, prevention, prognosis and implications, interventions, expected outcomes, care plans, and clinical algorithms. With a focus on the practical application of evidence-based knowledge, this reference offers a problem-solving approach to help busy clinicians integrate the latest research into everyday clinical practice.

Completely updated and revised, the Fourth Edition includes a new discussion of the vitally important newborn gut microbiome. In addition, it features new and more effective techniques for addressing breastfeeding barriers, new research, and the latest guidelines.

Applicable Courses

Human Lactation, Breastfeeding: Practice and Research in the WHNP program, Advanced Postpartum/Newborn

Part  I  The Context of Lactation and Breastfeeding
Chapter  1  Influence of the Biospecificity of Human Milk
Chapter  2  Influence of the Maternal Anatomy and Physiology on Lactation
Chapter  3  Influence of the Infant's Anatomy and Physiology
Chapter  4  Influence of Peripartum factors, Birthing Practices, and Early Caretaking Behaviors
Part  II  Infant-Related Challenges to Breastfeeding
Chapter  5  First 24-48 Hours: Common Challenges
Chapter  6  Beyond the Initial 48-72 Hours: Infant Challenges
Chapter  7  Physical, Medical, and Environmental Problems and Issues
Part  III  Maternal-Related Challenges to Breastfeeding
Chapter  8  Maternal Pathology: Breast and Nipple Issues
Chapter  9  Physical, Medical, Emotional, and Environmental Challenges to the Breastfeeding Mother

Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC-Executive Director, National Alliance for Breastfeeding Advocacy

Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC. Marsha is a registered nurse and international board certified lactation consultant. She has been assisting breastfeeding families in hospital, clinic, and home settings since 1976. Marsha is the executive director of the National Alliance for Breastfeeding Advocacy: Research, Education, and Legal Branch (NABA REAL). As such, she advocates for breastfeeding at the state and federal levels. She served as a vice president of the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) from 1990-1994 and in 1999 as president of ILCA. She is a board member of the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition and Baby Friendly USA, ILCA’s representative to the USDA’s Breastfeeding Promotion Consortium, and NABA REAL’s representative to the US Breastfeeding Committee. Marsha is an international speaker, and an author of numerous publications including ones on the hazards of infant formula use, Code issues in the US, and Breastfeeding Management for the Clinician: Using the Evidence.

  •  “…a good reference for detailed lactation and breastfeeding guidance. [It] provides a clear synthesis of evidence-based guidance for both common and unique issues related to breastfeeding…” - Ann Hammack Johnson, PhD, RN, CPNP, Texas Woman's University, for Doody’s Review Service, Rating: 4 Stars

  • “In a world where mothers are often pitted against each other, lactation is particularly contentious as breastfeeding experts, who may or may not be medical professionals, are steadily challenged about the validity of the information they present. We are often called names and told we should stop being so dogmatic. Many times, lactation specialists may not be able to put their finger on specific information they know to be true and instead scramble to find resources. Marsha Walker, well-respected nurse and lactation consultant, board member of Baby-Friendly USA and Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition, has compiled an extensive volume of evidence-based information that puts to rest the argumentation. Lactation specialists often feel the coldness of presenting solid information to someone with a different understanding, but thankfully, this book pulls the most concerning topics together and provides us with excellent references so it is not ‘us against the world.’” - Heather D. Leopold, RN, LMT, Clinical Lactation

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