Breastfeeding Made Simple

Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC
Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., IBCLC

Course Description

Breastfeeding Made Simple

If you are a new or expectant mom, chances are you feel a little anxious about beginning to breastfeed. Although it seems like the most natural thing in the world, breastfeeding can often be a challenge.

This book offers straightforward, up-to-date advice from lactation experts. It includes the most effective breastfeeding techniques, way to avoid common problems, and new insights into your baby’s needs. Throughout the book you’ll learn how the seven natural laws will help you and your baby have a happy, healthy start.

Learn the seven natural laws of breastfeeding:

About the Authors

Fred Friedberg, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and assistant professor in the School of Medicine at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, Long Island, NY.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course you’ll be able to:

1. Define hardwiring.
2. Describe the rooting reflex.
3. Define the La Leche League.
4. List one problem of the highly instructionalized left-brain approach.
5. List several strategies by Christina Smillie for breastfeeding.
6. Describe the position of the baby’s head when ready to breastfeed. (Glover 2002)
7. List the two factors that temporarily decrease a baby’s urge to self-attach.(Righard
8. Describe “Kangaroo Mother Care.”
9. Describe the defense mode of separation.
10. List four positive effects of skin-to-skin contact after birth.
11. List four roles of oxytocin.
12. Describe the research on “tend and befriend.” By Shelly Taylor.
13. State how breastfeeding is a right-brained activity.
14. List two reasons why you want your nipple to reach your baby’s comfort zone during
15. List three steps to achieve a comfortable and effective latch-on.
16. State how nipple pain is resolved.
17. Describe the sandwich analogy.
18. List several techniques to use for baby’s flailing hands.
19. Describe the size of a newborn’s stomach.
20. State why babies lose weight after the first few days.
21. List three early feeding cues.
22. Describe why the first breast milk is low fat (foremilk) as compared to hindmilk.
23. List how many wet diapers you should expect the first few days.
24. Describe meconium and transitional stools.
25. State the normal number of times a baby should breastfeed in twenty-four hours.
26. State the average weight gain per week for a fully breastfed baby.
27. Describe why exclusively breastfed newborns do not become constipated.
28. Describe what causes newborn jaundice.
29. Define the “lying-in” period.
30. Describe the role of a doula.
31. State why morning is the time when milk supply is usually at its height.
32. Describe the four types of mammals and where does the human infant belong.
33. Define cluster nursing.
34. List several sleep recommendations for babies.
35. State the percent of babies who have a bad reaction to formula.
36. State the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics regarding the
37. Describe the feedback inhibitor of lactation or FIL.
38. Describe breast storage capacity of large and small capacity mothers.
39. List four reasons a baby may want to breastfeed.
40. State why bottlefeeding teaches a baby to overfeed.
41. List two reasons to delay feeding solid foods.
43. List several methods used by mothers to avoid breastfeeding in a less-than-friendly
44. Compare partial and abrupt weaning.
45. List a baby’s four signs of readiness to begin solid foods.
46. Define engorgement and mastitis and the treatment.
47. Describe the U.S. longitudinal studies comparing responsive mothers to less
48. Describe how formula marketing is aimed at parents.
49. List three breastfeeding goals before returning to work.
50. List several ways to stop leaks.
51. According to the table, (pg. 201), discuss how long mature milk and colostrum,
52. State which hormonal contraceptive can lower the milk supply.
53. Define engorgement and several interventions to alleviate it.
54. List several causes of nipple pain.
55. Describe the use of nystatin suspension for thrush.
56. Describe two drugs that may increase milk production.
57. List concerns of mothers with silicon implants.
58. List four strategies to breastfeed a baby with a cold, flu, or ear infection.

Course Contents

PART I - The Laws
1. Your Baby’s Birth
    Law 1: Babies are Hardwired to Breastfeed
    Your Babies Hardwiring
    Are Mothers Hardwired, Too?
    How Mothers Learn to Breastfeed
    When the System Breaks Down
2. The Power of Skin-to-Skin
    Law 2: Mother’s Body is Baby’s Natural Habitat
    Why Skin-to-Skin Feels Right
    How Skin-to-Skin Works
    When the System Breaks Down
3. Latch-On: The Heart of Successful Breastfeeding
    Law 3: Better Feel and Flow Happen in the Comfort Zone
    What Every Mother Needs to Know About Latch-On
    When the System Breaks Down
4. The First Week of Breastfeeding
    Law 4: More Breastfeeding at First Means More Milk Later
    A Baby’s Transition After Birth
    Breastfeeding Basics
    How to Know When Breastfeeding Is Going Well
    When the System Breaks Down
5. How Your Baby Sets Your Milk Supply
    Law 5: Every Breastfeeding Couple Has Its Own Rhythm
    The Adjustment Period
    Breastfeeding Norms
    When the System Breaks Down
6. Meeting Your Long-Term Breastfeeding Goals
    Law 6: More Milk Out Equals More Milk Made
    The Reward Period
    How Milk Supply Works
    Meeting Your Long-Term Goals
    When the System Breaks Down
    Law 7: Children Wean Naturally
    A Weaning Overview
    Weaning Basics
    When the System Breaks Down
8. What Interferes with the Laws
    The Role of History and Culture
    Commercial Pressures
    Breastfeeding and the Medical Community
PART II - Applying the Laws
  Daily Life with Your Breastfeeding Baby
    Reentering the World with Your Breastfeeding Baby
    Away from Your Baby
    Lifestyle Issues
    Expressing and Storing Milk
    Medications and Contraception
  Common Breastfeeding Challenges
    Mother-Related Challenges
    Baby-Related Challenges
  Special Situations: Physical or Health Issues
    Special Situations: Mother
    Special Situations: Baby
    When You Need to Temporarily Stop Breastfeeding
    Alternatives to Feeding at the Breast
    Pumping to Establish a Full Milk Supply
    You’re on Your Way
  Finding Skilled Breastfeeding Help
  Finding Local Sources of Help
  Web Sites of Interest
  Recommended Books and Videos


“Breastfeeding Made Simple gives mothers the research-based “why” behind every “how.” Head reasons for heart feelings! I recommend this groundbreaking book to all my clients and to the people who care about them.” - Diane Wiessinger, MS, IBCLC

“Breastfeeding Made Simple is fabulous! The research you cite and the ideas you present are so meaningful, yet the whole thing seems very accessible for new moms. I wish I had read this book before I had a baby… This book should be a prerequisite for parenting!” - Loren, mother of two-year-old Claire, now expecting her second child

“This book is the most straightforward and informative book about breastfeeding that I’ve read. I would like to hand out copies to every pregnant woman I see.” - Kerrie, first-time mother of five-month-old Andrew

"I learned a lot about the subject." - Peggy Smith, LVN, CA.

"Excellent text for breastfeeding professionals and for mothers. I wish it had been around when I was a new mother!" - Carole Ann Jernigan, RN, CA

"This topic is very interesting. It will surely help me care for my breast feeding patients at work."  -Teresita Edano, RN, CA

"The Breastfeeding Made Simple book was an easy read and extremely informative. This is a book that I will pass on to my colleagues and my patients. The course objectives and questions were appropriate." - M.R.V., RN, CA

"This course offers up-to date information. Easy to read, easy to understand. Well organized." - S.N., RN, CA


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