Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Relactation: review of experience and recommendations for practice

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World Health Organization

Relactation: Review of experience and recommendations for practice

Publication details

Number of pages: 38
Publication date: 1998
Languages: English, French, Spanish
ISBN: WHO/CHS/CAH/98.14

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Overview

A woman who has stopped breastfeeding her child, recently or in the past, can resume the production of breastmilk. This potentially life-saving measure is called relactation. Many women who relactate can produce enough milk to breastfeed an infant exclusively, per WHO recommendations. 'Relactation: A review of experience and recommendations for practice' contains information on effective techniques and practical guidelines to help health workers caring for women and children who wish to re-establishing breastfeeding.