Lactogenesis and Infant Weight Change in the First Weeks of Life

  • Kathryn G. Dewey
  • Laurie A. Nommsen-Rivers
  • M. Jane Heinig
  • Roberta J. Cohen

Abstract

Breastfeeding success depends greatly on what occurs during the first week or two postpartum. This is the time when lactogenesis stage II takes place and both the mother and the infant are learning how to breastfeed. It is also the peak period for breastfeeding problems. Early supplementation with non breast milk fluids during this time often leads to premature weaning. Therefore, it is essential to understand the factors that influence lactogenesis and the adequacy of milk transfer to the infant.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kathryn G. Dewey
    • 1
  • Laurie A. Nommsen-Rivers
  • M. Jane Heinig
  • Roberta J. Cohen
  1. 1.Department of NutritionUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA

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