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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; 1 edition (October 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572244046
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572244047
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Two breastfeeding specialists team up to provide new mothers with a set of seven basic principles—representing the most up-to-date information in the field—that lead to successful breastfeeding.

About the Author

Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, is a health psychologist and international board-certified lactation consultant. She is research associate professor of psychology at the University of New Hampshire's Family Research Lab in Durham, NH, and a fellow of the American Psychological Association. She is a La Leche League leader, the La Leche League area professional liaison for Maine and New Hampshire, and chair of the New Hampshire Breastfeeding Taskforce. Kendall-Tackett is author or editor of ten books including The Hidden Feelings of Motherhood, The Well-Ordered Home, The Well-Ordered Office, and Depression in New Mothers.

She has received several awards including the Outstanding Research Study Award from the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, and most recently, she was named 2003 Distinguished Alumna by the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at California State University, Chico.



Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA, is the author and coauthor of several popular breastfeeding books, including Breastfeeding Made Simple, Breastfeeding Answers Made Simple, and The Breastfeeding Answer Book. She has helped thousands of breastfeeding families in the greater Chicago area, and in 2008 she was officially recognized by the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA).


Jack Newman, MD, is a pediatrician and author of The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto medical school. He started the first hospital-based breastfeeding clinic in Canada in 1984 and has consulted with UNICEF for the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative in Africa. Newman has practiced as a physician in Canada, New Zealand, and South Africa.

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I will recommend this book to all my pregnant friends!
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This book helps moms understand how breastfeeding works so that they can adapt their breastfeeding relationship to their specific needs and desires.
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This is THE BEST breastfeeding book that I have read thus far.
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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Ann Douglas on March 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book while researching the breastfeeding chapter in one of my forthcoming books. I immediately fell in love with this book -- specifically, with its innovative approach to the material (the seven natural laws) and its warm, supportive, and mother-friendly tone. The authors do a terrific job of explaining the root causes of many common breastfeeding problems in ways that make so much sense. Their section on how taking a "left-brained" approach to the very "right-brained" act of breastfeeding is totally brilliant. I can't praise this book highly enough.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Sullivan on September 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
I did not breastfeed my first child for more than a few weeks, but when #2 was in the NICU, I had a lot of time to read, and a lot of time to pump! This book suggests setting shorter term goals instead of the "Breastfeed for a year or else" message I seemed to hear with my first child. The book also talks about how the baby breastfeeds, not the mother, which took some of the pressure off. There was also mention of how in the U.S., Moms get a lot of support before the baby is born, but could use a little more help after the birth. A reverse Cinderella idea...very clever.

This book made breastfeeding more accessible, and I want to buy it for every new mom I meet. It was just what I needed to get over some of my nursing baggage.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By C. Honea on May 29, 2006
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I have done a lot of reading on the topic of breastfeeding, and this book tops my favorites list! The information and research provided in this book are far more up-to-date than what you'll find in most breastfeeding books. This book helps moms understand how breastfeeding works so that they can adapt their breastfeeding relationship to their specific needs and desires. It also does an amazing job helping moms understand the "bottle-feeding culture" and how that can impact breastfeeding. I didn't find the book to be pushy at all - in fact, I thought it was very releasing and gentle. I am going to give this book as a gift to all my pregnant friends!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Julia on June 9, 2006
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I have a little stack of breastfeeding books that I started accumulating when I was pregnant with my now-4-month-old, and this book is by far the most helpful one among them. It has different information than a lot of the other books out there and is very encouraging and empowering.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By JW on July 6, 2007
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I thought I'd done everything I could to prepare for breastfeeding, but if a friend hadn't brought me this book at 3 weeks I really might have thrown in the towel. I was starting to think I'd never make it through the first month and wondering if I had milk supply problems. In five minutes of looking at this book I realized that:

1. it would get SO much easier in a few weeks (if only someone had told me!);

2. all my "worries" were actually normal behavior for a 3 week old baby. (If only someone had told me!)

3. I too could feed lying down at night and actually get some sleep. (If only someone had told me!)

If you're about to have a child - or if you're exhausted after only a few weeks and wondering if you can make breastfeeding work - then do yourself a favor and READ this book before you decide to quit, supplement, introduce a bottle, or switch to formula.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. Harter on December 26, 2006
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This is THE BEST breastfeeding book that I have read thus far. I initially purchased the American Academy of Pediatrics' "New Mother's Guide to Breastfeeding", which was an adequate book for those women who may be exploring their options in terms of breast vs. bottle, but as an RN, I learned absolutely nothing. I kept feeling like there was something missing, but being pregnant with my first child and having never breastfed before, I couldn't say exactly what. Then I bought this book on a whim and WOW! I LOVE IT!!! This book not only addresses the "how's" of breastfeeding with pictures and numerous detailed explanations, but it also explains the "why". I have so much more insight into how breatfeeding works and have a new appreciation for the team that my baby and I will become.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Andrea on April 25, 2006
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This book is a great resource for nursing mothers. I am still nursing my 18 month old daughter and I wish I had read this before I started nursing. It has information that I have not seen in Dr. Sears' books or in the book by the Pediatric Society. The tips for latch on are especially helpful. I think this is a very straightforward book that makes the reader feel comfortable about the breastfeeding relationship they have with their child. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is wanting to learn more about breastfeeding.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on December 26, 2009
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I'm going through my books to give to a friend about to have a baby (mine is 14 months old). This is not one that I will want to get back if I get pregnant again. I read the book toward the end of my pregnancy and while my baby was a newborn, and the information was interesting and helpful at the time. However, it was not a book I could easily use for reference when I had questions or concerns about my breastfeeding experience. The main problem is that it does not have an index. I didn't have the time or patience to re-read entire chapters with the hope I would come across the information I was seeking, so I turned to other books instead (such as The Nursing Mother's Companion). That being said, this book did provide a worthwhile introduction to breastfeeding, and some of the "laws" concerning milk supply (more nursing = more milk) really stuck with me.
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