Breastfeeding Handbook for Physicians, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 9781581108040
ISBN-10: 1581108044
Copyright: 2014
Edition: 2nd
Editors: Schanler, Richard J., Krebs, Nancy F., Mass, Sharon B.,
Doody's Expert Review    Score: 83
Reviewer: Sunny Hallowell,  PhD, PPCNP-BC,   (University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing)
This is a concise reference and teaching aid on breastfeeding and human lactation.
It is a valuable contribution in a subject area that is overlooked during medical education and the book meets the authors' objectives of providing a much-needed clinical resource.
Although designed for physicians, the book can be used by other health professionals, including midwives, nurses, nurse practitioners, dietitians, and lactation specialists. A rich cadre of medical experts contributed to this evidence-based and up-to-date book.
The second edition incorporates the statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2012 acknowledging that human milk is the nutritional standard for all infants as well as the 2011 U.S. Surgeon General Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding. The main points of major sections are summarized in boxes and tables that make the book useful for quick reference. There are some inconsistencies, however. The image of hand expression does not match the referenced video from Dr. Morton at Stanford. The image of breast pumps on the opposing page are irrelevant in the U.S., and, although lower-resourced hospitals may still use these pumps, they are not found in regular use in any teaching hospital with a lactation program and would be unrecognizable to any medical intern learning about breastfeeding. It would be helpful to provide an image of the procedure of frenulotomy to accompany the discussion of ankyloglossia. Breastfeeding is an interdisciplinary practice, but this book does little to inform physicians about the respective roles for the nurse, midwife, nurse practitioner, and lactation consultant in fulfilling guidelines for the care of breastfeeding infants in the inpatient setting. Some of these healthcare professionals receive additional clinical training in lactation to help mothers initiate, maintain, and establish a human milk supply, especially in the neonatal intensive care setting. Physicians may benefit from knowing who these team members are and how to employ their skills to ensure the best breastfeeding support in all patient settings.
This is a necessary resource for physicians who are interested in or have little training in the provision of human milk and breastfeeding. A more comprehensive book in this area is Breastfeeding and Human Lactation, 4th edition, Riordan and Wambach (Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2010).
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1-10 Is this a worthwhile contribution to the field? 10
1-10 If this is a 2nd or later edition, is this new edition needed? 8