Elizabeth Hormann, BA, Ed.M, IBCLC:
Elizabeth Hormann, BA, Ed.M, IBCLC posted her perspective on the Newman-Goldfarb protocols on our message boards on 10/09/02. Due to her vast credentials and experience we are reprinting it here.
I'm afraid there has been a
bit of a misunderstanding about my position on the Newman-Goldfarb
protocols for inducing lactation. I spoke to Lenore last spring as I was
preparing the lectures for the LLL Lactation specialist series which I
have now given at several sites in the US. This protocol is one of several
currently or recently in use which I discuss during the lecture. Each
protocol is examined critically and concerns are clearly spelled out.
Inclusion of a protocol does not imply endorsement. I would not consider
myself "supportive" of the Newman-Goldfarb protocol. There is as yet no
published research on it. It has, however, been used by a number of women
and it is my understanding that a formal article is in preparation. My
concerns are twofold: the women following it are on a lot of medication
for prolonged periods - and the results have not, on average, been better
than those achieved by many women using protocols involving less medical
intervention - or no protocol at all except the baby at the breast. As
much as any other person involved in this area, I'd like to see a safe
intervention that makes both relactation and induced lactation easy. Thus
far the best intervention - besides the obvious one of putting the baby to
breast a lot - is growing up in a culture where everyone believes that
people with breasts can breastfeed.
Elizabeth Hormann - 10/09/02