Lactation After Infant Death

Lactation After Infant Death
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Breastfeeding and human milk banking has attracted a lot of research and public health attention over recent years. However, a mother’s lactation when no living infant is present in her life is often overlooked. Every year in Australia, almost 3500 women will experience lactation after infant death. Without appropriate support, this can be an unwelcome and distressing experience that can threaten women’s physical health and psychosocial wellbeing. However, pilot research reveals for some women, sustaining lactation or donating breast milk after infant death can be a positive experience.

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Updated:  4 March 2021/Responsible Officer:  CASS Marketing & Communications/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications