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Open Access Lactation after Perinatal, Neonatal, or Infant Loss

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After losing an infant, grieving mothers may still have to cope with postpartum issues, including lactation. This article reviews and addresses care options for lactation concerns after pregnancy, neonatal, or infant loss. Currently, lactation care and advice after loss varies greatly. Lactation consultants are instrumental in providing mothers with anticipatory guidance and evidence-based care. Implementing system-wide training and education regarding this topic will help families receive the information they need to deal with the physiological aftermath of infant loss.

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Keywords: breastfeeding grief; engorgement; lactation after loss; lactation suppression; neonatal loss; perinatal loss; pregnancy loss

Document Type: Regular Paper

Affiliations: Birthingway College of Midwifery, Portland, Oregon, USA

Publication date: October 1, 2012

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