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The Breastfeeding Book: Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Your Child from Birth Through Weaning Paperback – March 2, 2000
"Your Kid's a Brat and It's All Your Fault"
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About the Author
William Sears, MD, has practiced pediatrics for more than four decades and is an associate clinical professor at the University of California?Irvine School of Medicine.
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Top Customer Reviews
A few of these reviews made me laugh. Several reviewers criticized the authors for saying, for example, that you should nurse whenever baby is hungry... resulting in them nursing 24/7 for days on end and not eating or sleeping. Surely, as adults, we can use a little common sense to interpret what we read. Yes, parents are allowed to eat and sleep too, and nature does not intend for babies to nurse 24/7 for weeks. (Though, if the complaining mother had tried a sling, or getting some help from her spouse or friends, she could have eaten while nursing...) If co-sleeping doesn't work in your family, put baby in a crib.
And as for the reviewer who said that the Sears told mothers to avoid treating illnesses so they could nurse ... I suspect she misunderstood. I don't have the book in front of me, but what I THINK they meant was that you don't HAVE to wean to treat most illnesses. The vast majority of medications are perfectly safe to use while nursing, (or have a safe alternative) yet many doctors will tell mothers that they have to wean, at least temporarily, if they are ill and need to take medication. The point is that the risk to the baby from traces of maternal medication in the milk is far, far smaller than the risk to the baby of being fed formula instead. (Even for a short while, and since few mothers are able to pump-and-dump for several weeks and then get baby back on the breast, even 'temporary' weaning very often ends up being permanent weaning.)
And comfort nursing does not teach bad habits...
Yes, the Sears do encourage new mothers to stay home with their babies, if possible.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book helped me with my first baby and now I can read it again for my second baby! Very helpful!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Mom
I purchased this book for a friend! I read it 15 years ago when I was nursing my child. It is an excellent book I think!Published 7 months ago by R. L. Farmer
Very helpful in the early weeks! I kept this book by my side at all times and referred to it often. Read morePublished 11 months ago by YorkieLove
We would not have survived our first child's first year without Dr. Sears's books. We have them ALL!Published 13 months ago by Lauren Ryan
My favorite breastfeeding book. Great reference material.Published 13 months ago by YellowPairofRunningShoes