LactaPedia: A glossary of lactation for science and medicine

Melinda Boss (Artist), Peter Hartmann (Artist)

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Conflicting advice is one of the most common factors that impact on a mother’s
confidence in her ability to breastfeed and sustain lactation. Consistent terminology
is the most basic requirement for the prevention of conflicting advice. Even such
basic terms as lactation and breastfeed have either varying or no definition in the
scientific literature. For example, does lactation encompass both the mother and the
child? Does a breastfeed refer to the infant removing milk from one breast or does it
refer to the infant removing milk during a sitting, which may include more than one
breast? These questions can be answered by a glossary that defines language and,
thus is the essential starting point towards a common medical and scientific
understanding of human lactation.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherFamily Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2018


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