Human Milk Production: Just when you thought you knew

Time-frame: 60 minutes
CERP: yes

“I didn’t make enough milk!” We hear it on a regular basis from heartbroken new mothers.  In fact, this is the number one factor contributing to breastfeeding failure after two weeks of age is a perception of inadequate milk production.  This phenomenon of sudden onset lactation failure is widely accepted as a common occurrence among breastfeeding mothers.  This topic has been the subject of a number of quality studies that have yielded a conflicting mix of responses from primary health care providers and lactation consultants alike. This discussion will attempt to shed light on the very different concepts of “Milk Production” vs. “Milk Synthesis” and will demonstrate how confusion between those two concepts have clouded the study of milk production, promote the fallacy of “insufficient milk production syndrome”, and contribute to the failure of breastfeeding.  This presentation will also attempt to provide a preliminary course of action to begin anew in milk production research and perhaps even provide a framework for helping the new mothers facing the milk supply challenge.

Jarold (Tom) Johnston CNM, IBCLC

Country: United States of America
Phone number: 910-964-7679
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New route of Danazol for Endometriosis needs more study

Johnston, JT & Ericson-Owens, D. (2004) “New route of Danazol for Endometriosis needs more study” JNMWH 49(6) p. 546-8

In this article the authors discuss the use of a Danazol loaded IUD tested for the treatment of endometriosis.

On Bed Sharing [Letter]

On Bed Sharing [letter]  JOGNN 37(6), p. 619-21. Nov/Dec

In this letter to the editor the authors discuss a recent study regarding the hazards of bed sharing and attempt to counter arguments that American mothers continue to sleep with their babies despite knowing the risks.  The Authors took issue with the statistics used and the exaggerated risks portrayed in the original published article.

Dads in Breastfeeding (published in Breastfeeding in Combat Boots, 2010)

Published in Robyn Rouche-Paull’s groundbreaking book on Breastfeeding while serving in the US Military, this little piece lays out breastfeeding for new fathers using military friendly language that all Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines can understand.  Perhaps the most popular section is the appropriation of the well known basic rifle marksmanship acronym SPORTS as a troubleshooting mantra to help fathers fix a bad latch.  Mrs. Rouche-Paull has kindly modified that section into a father friendly handout for public use.


Johnston, J.T. (2013) “Fatherhood”.  Breastfeeding Matters, La Leche League of the United Kingdom.

A brief article written by a father, for fathers in the UK.  This article discusses useful tips that fathers can use to help his wife and child breastfeed successfully.