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Obesity, Hormones, and the Breastfeeding Mother

Obesity negatively impacts the health of women in many ways; for breastfeeding mothers, obesity has been linked to decreased intention to breastfeed, decreased initiation of breastfeeding, and shorter duration of breastfeeding. While some of these effects may be cultural or related to the mother’s body image, others may be caused by metabolic and hormonal effects of adipose tissue—including decreased milk supply. What can the overweight mother do to ensure she develops a good enough milk supply to meet her baby’s needs? What steps can provide the best health and well-being for her baby? How can she best prepare to meet her breastfeeding goals? Join Marie and special guest Anne Eglash, MD, IBCLC, FABM for discussion about the particular issues overweight and obese mothers may face, and how they can best be resolved, to the benefit of both baby and mother.

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