The detection and physiological changes associated with milk ejection and milk removal in lactating women

Hazel Gardner

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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Abstract

Milk ejection (ME) is a critical process for successful lactation. Ultrasound, milk flow rates, bioimpedance spectroscopy (BIS)
and thermal imaging were utilised to detect ME during breastfeeding and pumping. Additionally, associations between BIS,
thermal imaging and milk removal were explored.
ME periodicity remained consistent within mothers when breastfeeding, expressing milk, varying the pumping pattern and during a subsequent lactation, indicating ME is probably programmed.
BIS parameters consistently decreased with the 1st ME and were related to the milk volume expressed. Nipple temperature
changed significantly during both pumping and breastfeeding, the change being related to the volume expressed.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Geddes, Donna, Supervisor
  • Lai, Ching Tat, Supervisor
  • Ward, Leigh C., Supervisor, External person
Award date9 Jan 2020
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2020

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