JOURNAL OF HUMAN LACTATION, Volume 17, Number 1: Page 7.

  Letters to the Editor  

Circumcision and Breastfeeding: A Response to Nikki Lee's Letter

I agree with Nikki Lee (2000;16:295) that baby boys are at lower risk for breastfeeding difficulties when circumcision is delayed and breastfeeding is more established. Case in point: my own three sons were all circumcised at home at 8 days at the traditional Brith Milah. Breastfeeding was well established, my milk supply was ample, and the babies had a full week to perfect their skills. As soon as the mohel was finished, the baby was whisked back to mom's breast for a comforting feed, with no problems at all! This is so unlike what I observe in the hospital again and again, with babies shocked into a stupor, some having not yet even suckled well, milk volume not yet increased, and mom not yet experienced with feeding.

Linda Caplan, RN, IBCLC
Columbia, Maryland, USA

(File prepared 12 May 2002)