The Breastfeeding Mother's Guide to Making More Milk by Diana West, IBCLC, and Lisa Marasco, MA, IBCLC, is a comprehensive guide for breastfeeding mothers dealing with low milk supply. It has been recommended by La Leche League International and by Martha Sears, RN, in her forward to this book.
Making More Milk starts off by introducing the reader to the anatomy and process of milk production as well as describing what actually constitutes a problem and what is considered "normal". They explain in detail how important it is to get off to a good start in order to establish adequate mammary tissue and a good supply. They stress the importance of determining the actual cause of a mother's low milk supply and walk the reader through the process of investigating the mother's activities and behavior, the baby's contributions, anatomical and hormonal factors, and the mother's state of mind in order to find the culprit. Once the possible causes have been determined, West and Marasco provide a wealth of potential solutions ranging from massage and pumping to herbs and medications. The Appendix contains an extensive list of possible galactogogues. Unfortunately, a lot of the information regarding specific herbs and medications is based on reputation due to lack of actual research, but where the research is available, the author's have incorporated that into their recommendations.
Making More Milk is extremely easy to read and includes personal stories from breastfeeding mothers with whom the reader can relate, and it does an amazing job throughout of identifying myths and misinformation that are so prevalent in breastfeeding discussions (drinking more water does not increase supply!). This book should be on the nightstand of every mother who agonizes through the struggles of a low milk supply.
Thanks to StorkNet moderator Melanie B for writing this review!
• The Breastfeeding Mother's Guide to Making More Milk at Amazon.com
• The Breastfeeding Mother's Guide to Making More Milk at Amazon UK
• The Breastfeeding Mother's Guide to Making More Milk at Amazon Canada