Submitted to: Journal of Human Lactation
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/5/2006
Publication Date: 11/1/2006
Citation: Lederman, S.A., Hopkinson, J. 2006. Response to Geraghty et al. regarding the use of pumps and breastfeeding. Journal of Human Lactation. 22(4):387. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: The overuse of breastpumps in the United States is noted and a case report is offered in which standard professional advice led to inappropriate substitution of pumping for breastfeeding and subsequent breastfeeding failure. Professionals are cautioned that advice to use a breastpump is not without consequences and should be based on careful consideration of the challenges faced by an individual breastfeeding dyad – particularly in the period before breastfeeding is well established.