Clinics in Human Lactation: Nipple and Areola in Breastfeeding and Lactation

Clinics in Human Lactation: Nipple and Areola in Breastfeeding and Lactation

In The Nipple and Areola in Breastfeeding and Lactation: Anatomy, Physiology, Problems, and Solutions, Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC, provides an in-depth resource for clinicians on the structure, function, problems, and solutions of the nipple and areola

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In The Nipple and Areola in Breastfeeding and Lactation: Anatomy, Physiology, Problems, and Solutions, Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC, provides an in-depth resource for clinicians on the structure, function, problems, and solutions of the nipple and areola in lactation.

The nipple and areola are the crucial interface between the breast and the infant. Problems with these structures, particularly pain and trauma, represent one of the most frequent causes of early termination of breastfeeding. This book examines the nipple and areola through a thorough description of the structure of the nipple, how it functions, its problems, and suggested solutions. New techniques have allowed the three-dimensional reconstruction of the internal structures of the nipple to be visualized, helping clinicians gain a better understanding of the anatomy and physiology of this specialized feature of the breast.


This book covers the newest data in the structure and function of the nipple and areola gathered from computer reconstruction of sectioned tissue, ultrasound, and other study modalities. Topics range from common problems with suggested solutions to newer thoughts on remedies for sore nipples, such as peppermint gel and ozonated olive oil. Practical and usable care plans are provided for problematic situations. Figures, tables, boxes, and charts help summarize and enhance the usefulness of the book. This unique reference is a departure from the standard information found in text books and is specially designed as a practical resource for the busy clinician.


Key points include:

  • A look at the nipple and areola literally from the inside out
  • Information not found in standard textbooks
  • New potential remedies for sore nipples
  • Graphics that provide new insight on the structures within the nipple
  • Text summaries and care plans make the book of real practical value

 

Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC, is a registered nurse, lactation consultant, and breastfeeding advocate at the state and Federal levels. She sits on the board of directors of the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition, Baby Friendly USA, and the US Lactation Consultant Association. She is a frequent speaker and the author of over 100 publications on breastfeeding.

 

Author: Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC

ISBN: 978-0-9845039-1-9

Copyright: 2010

Total Pages: 128

Softcover

 

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Alicia I
10/1/2010

ILCA Print and Multimedia Reviews
October 2010 – Available at www.ILCA.org
Clinics in Human Lactation 7: The Nipple and Areola in Breastfeeding and Lactation – Anatomy, Physiology, Problems, and Solutions
Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC
Hale Publishing, 2010
127 pages, illustrated, US$18.95 (quantity discounts available), softcover
Orders: Hale Publishing, LP, 1712 N. Forest Street, Amarillo, TX 79106 USA
Tel: 806-376-9900; toll free: 800-378-1317; fax: 806-376-9901
E-mail: books@halepublishing.com
URL: www.iBreastfeeding.com

Utilizing historical and current scientific exploration, The Nipple and Areola in Breastfeeding and Lactation achieves its goal of providing “an in-depth resource for clinicians on the structure, function, problems, and solutions of the nipple and areola in lactation” (publisher’s website). The author offers a thorough yet concise insight into the nipple/areola from fetal development through lactation.
Easily read in one sitting, yet highly informative, the book is devoted primarily to problems and solutions that are preceded by detailed anatomy and physiology sections. It finishes with an extensive reference list through the year 2010. The author achieves a balanced discussion of conflicting theories or studies. Especially interesting is “Physiology of the Nipple during Suckling,” which summarizes the theories of researchers of the mechanics of suckling and milk transfer from 1931 to 2008.
The writing style varies from easy to occasional medical terms that may require the lactation student to consult a dictionary. Numerous boxes and tables organize information into quickly usable summaries or patient care plans. However, additional illustrations and pictures could enhance written descriptions of nipple types, trauma, interventions, and devices in future editions.
On page 65 the section on commercial nipple creams describes an unnamed nipple cream that received an FDA warning for potential depression of the infant’s central nervous system and respiration. Although the reader is directed to the FDA press release, it would be more helpful to include the name of the product and the information that the company has removed the ingredients of concern in 2008.
The busy clinician will find The Nipple and Areola in Breastfeeding and Lactation a desirable addition to their lactation reference library.
Robin Hirth, MEd, IBCLC
Cincinnati, Ohio USA

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