When good management isn’t enough to improve low milk supply, what else could it be? Hormones govern lactation and when they aren’t functioning properly, breastfeeding may be negatively affected. This talk starts with a brief discussion on how hormones work, then highlights hormonal conditions that can alter the course of lactation, including thyroid dysfunction, prolactin problems, insulin resistance, obesity, and PCOS. The goal is to coach serious lactation professionals in how to take problem-solving to the next level. By the end of the session, participants should have a broader awareness of how hormones work, what kinds of things can go wrong, what types of clues to look for, and strategies to assist and advocate for struggling parents.
The amount of foundational information before the specific conditions depends upon other sessions selected as well as time allotment for this talk. Note that this is a “Reader’s Digest” condensed version of the more detailed stand-alone hormone talks. Topics can be adjusted if an overlapping hormone talk is also selected. Alternate titles: Breastfeeding Support for Parents with Hormone-based Disorders; Hormone Testing When Nothing Else Makes Sense