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Type Journal Article - The Turkish journal of pediatrics
Title A case report of successful relactation
Author(s)
Volume 55
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2013
Page numbers 641-644
URL http://turkishjournalpediatrics.org/pediatrics/pdf/pdf_TJP_1274.pdf
Abstract
Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended from birth until the first six months
and then with complementary feeding up to age two. In our country, only
41.6% of infants are exclusively breastfed during the first six months, and
the average duration of breastfeeding is 16 months.
The term ‘relactation’ is used for the resumption of breastfeeding in infants
who were not breastfed before or who quit suckling due to an illness of
the mother or infant, breast problems, rejection of suckling by the infant,
insufficient milk production, the mother’s change of mind about breastfeeding,
or adoption.
Relactation is a laborious process that requires motivation and trained
personnel. In our case, the process of achieving successful relactation in an
eight-week-old infant who had not been breastfed before is described. The
infant’s young age and mother’s strong motivation led to the success in
relactation in this case.

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