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