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The Breastfeeding Answer Book [Spiral-bound]

Nancy Mohrbacher , Julie Stock , Edward Newton
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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January 1, 2003 0912500921 978-0912500928 3 Revised
Revised and updated, the Breastfeeding Answer Book is the definitive resource for those who are dedicated to helping mothers breastfeed.

Highlights of the third edition include new approaches to positioning and latch-on, information on the use of prescription and herbal medications to increase milk supply, new illustrations of breast structure and how the breast functions as reflected in the research of Dr Peter Hartmann, and information on breastfeeding in emergency situations. This guidebook, which also explores controversial issues such as vitamin D supplementation of the breastfed baby and new treatment options for damaged nipples, can be used with confidence to help mothers establish and enjoy a satisfying breastfeeding relationship with their babies.

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...Provides a wealth of information on the management of breastfeeding. -- Edward R. Newton, MD

A good addition to the library of anyone who works with breastfeeding infants. -- Journal of Human Lactation

From expressing milk to infant weight gain to fertility, this book is a veritable breastfeeding bible. -- Mothering Magazine, March-April 2003

Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 720 pages
  • Publisher: La Leche League International; 3 Revised edition (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0912500921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0912500928
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 10 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Nancy Mohrbacher is author or co-author of several books for parents, including Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers and Breastfeeding Solutions. She is also author of Breastfeeding Answers Made Simple, a research-based counseling guide for lactation professionals.

Nancy is a lifelong Illinois native and currently lives in the Chicago area. She has been helping breastfeeding families since 1982. In 2008 the International Lactation Consultant Association officially recognized Nancy's lifetime contributions to the field of lactation by awarding her the designation Fellow of the International Lactation Consultant Association.

Her passion is helping new mothers simplify their lives and meet their breastfeeding goals.

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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accurate, yet not heavy handed December 30, 1999
La Leche League can sometimes have a reputation of harboring zealots, and "The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding" doesn't do much to dispel that reputation. This book, OTOH, is great: accurate, and very approachable. Most breastfeeding mothers won't need this book, and it is quite pricy, but if you work with mothers and babies in any capacity, it's a great book to have. (most mothers could use "So That's What they're For! Breastfeeding Basics" or "The Nursing Mother's Companion", or "The Womanly Art...") Information in this book is very straight-forward, easy to understand, very thorough and very easy to find. I like that. Most pediatricians and family practitioners could benefit from consulting this book on growth, milk supply, the hazards of giving a "relief bottle", and general ability to communicate with mothers.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative September 22, 2001
This book has so much information, yet it's not overwhelming nor is it written in a way that a typical mom couldn't read it and understand it. My copy has been well-used! And since my dream is of becoming a Lactation Consultant, you can bet that it'll be used much more in the future.
Every medical professional involved with childbirth and babies would have a copy of this book in order to help expectant and new mothers with questions. There is too much misinformation and too many wrong answers to our needs. It's because of those wrong answers that so many moms give up on breastfeeding and fall into the "I couldn't do it" trap. That's totally unfair to them and to their babies.
And to expectant parents, yes, it's an expensive book but if you are going to be a nursing family, I would highly recommend this book to you. This book is DEFINITELY the answer book!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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I have an 8 month old daughter who has been solely breastfed since birth (no bottles). The benefits of this to her (and me) are innumerable but it has not been without its struggles. This book helped me through problems with let-down, biting, nutrition (for me), introducing solids, and with many other issues. I would have had a much more difficult time continuing to breastfeed as long as I have without this indispensable resource and for that I am very grateful. I only wish I had gotten it before giving birth as learning to breastfeed would have been MUCH easier.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent resource! October 6, 1997
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For those interested in having a breastfeeding resource, whether a professional or not, this book is a must have. If you need to address a breastfeeding concern, you are more than likely to find it in this book. There are milk storage guidelines, review of the various types of breastpumps, a basic list of medications and their effect on breastfeeding, as well as information on mastitis, engorgement and basic suggestions for making breastfeeding work.
If you work with breastfeeding mothers, or would just like a resource available to you, you must get this book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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This book is designed to educate and easily provide specific facts and information to the health professional and lay person who is interested in breastfeeding and finding their way through the process. The Breastfeeding Answer Book really answers all the questions and directs you to the appropriate resources for back up and more information. This is a permanent fixture in my library. The pages are already dog eared.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful, though hard to navigate April 29, 2004
This is a very good reference book for anyone who works in the field of lactation. It is not a book that you should read cover to cover; instead, it is a reference tool.
One downside to this book is that the index leaves a lot to be desired. It is not complete and it is poorly organized. Yes, it is in alphabetical order, but the words they indexed are often not helpful. I generally find I have to go through the TOC to find what I need - something a bit backwards from other reference material.
Other than that, this is well worth the money.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE this! February 7, 2002
HI. I am writing this review because I absolutely love this book. I got it after taking a non profit groups volunteer phone counseling class for breastfeeding counselors, and it was awesome to have to look at. I used this for myself as well as moms that I counseled with breastfeeding. This book is an amazing source of information from problems with breastfeeding, to the jaundiced baby breaking down & explaining bilirubin levels to you, as well as proper positioning, thrush, sore nipples, relactation, adoptive lactation! Tons and Tons of information that any breastfeeding mother, volunteer breastfeeding counselor, IBCLC, or DR/Nurse would find as honest practical advice! I have used this with now 2 breastfed children and countless new moms!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This is absolutely the best book on the market for helping breastfeeding moms. Completely non-judgemental and very informative, with details that 99% of other books leave out. This book will help the nursing mother succeed and doesn't pander down to a lower intelligence level. This book is currently being revised again to include more info on breast reduction surgery and other "new" breastfeeding circumstances. Really helpful if you work with nursing moms and moms-to-be. If you are a mother who doesn't plan to work with other mothers, borrow a copy from the library or your local La Leche League group. I am a doula/childbirth educator and refer to it weekly. You can find it on eBay once in a while.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars best resource on breastfeeding
This book answers just about any question you could come up with about how to successfully breastfeed your child. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Anonymous
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Resource for Breastfeeding Issues
Since coming home from the hospital I had a myriad of issues while exclusively breastfeeding. First I had severe soreness and cracking and bleeding. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Nicole Almeida
5.0 out of 5 stars must have for breastfeeding mothers
wonderfu book and a must have for 1st time nursing mothers. I belonged to the LaLeche Club and receive a book from the club.. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mimi Lynch
2.0 out of 5 stars Cumbersome, not easy to search or read
I was looking for something that would be informative and go over the how-tos and problems of breastfeeding step by step. Read more
Published 18 months ago by gamenightfan
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book !!!
I recently became a lactation specialist and this book is WONDERFUL !!! Very easy to read and very easy to use when you have issues and questions and need help.
Published on July 16, 2010 by Jamie
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of Information, Great for Doulas in training
I'm a postpartum doula-in-training. This book was part of the reading requirements for certification and is a great source of information on breastfeeding. Read more
Published on February 2, 2010 by S. Correllus
5.0 out of 5 stars A good purchase
Book was just as described - in very good condition. The delivery was fast. Communication with seller was good.
Published on July 3, 2009 by Elena Gvozdeykova
5.0 out of 5 stars Very handy reference book
I got this book as part of the requirements to be a doula and a La Leche League leader. It's fantastic. Read more
Published on January 31, 2009 by Heather Soersdal
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reference book for breastfeeding counselors
This is *the* book to have if you are a breastfeeding counselor; it is the first one I reach for whenever a nursing mother calls for help. Read more
Published on February 27, 2007 by Ali Crehan Feeney
5.0 out of 5 stars The Breastfeeding Answer Book
I have read a few breastfeeding books and resources in the past few years. I am a mother of four children, all of whom have been breastfed. Read more
Published on March 9, 2006 by C. Hentschel
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