Clinical Lactation: A Visual Guide

Clinical Lactation: A Visual Guide

I found this book on clearance!  I have to admit I carry it around with me and study during breaks in classes.  It’s that easy to learn from.  Very simply, it is photos with descriptions of various issues. At the end of each section are critical thinking activities – What would you do if you were working with a woman who had this.  Tremendously helpful for someone whose most challenging client had inverted nipples.

So, what types of issues are we talking about? Skin issues such as burns, scars and rashes; abscesses; clefting; candidiasis in baby and mom; abrasions; psoriasis; and even inverted nipples.

I like how this book gives me pictures to go with the descriptions I have heard, and the way it challenges me to think through working with a woman with these conditions.

I do know the book is short, less than 100 pages and most of them have photos.  I’ve already started to outgrow the book, but I’m OK with that–I start my lactation class in two months.


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Jennifer Vanderlaan CNM MPH is the author of the website. She has been working with expectant families since 2000, training doulas, childbirth educators, and midwives. She has worked with midwives in Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her interest in public health grew in 2010, and she is now a PhD student learning to become a producer of knowledge.

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