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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; Second Edition edition (December 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572248610
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572248618
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I recommend this groundbreaking book to all my clients."
—Diane Wiessinger, MS, IBCLC



"I fell in love with this book; every page is a jewel. It simply ‘delivers’ what every mother needs—the natural laws to build a breastfeeding relationship. Understanding the first forty days has changed the way I talk to new parents and teach breastfeeding supporters. Finally, here is a book that talks about breastfeeding without all the rules. This book lives in my bag to share with everyone!"
—Carrie Finger, BFA, IBCLC, LCCE, lactation program director at Aviva Institute

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In this second edition of Breastfeeding Made Simple, two breastfeeding specialists explain the seven natural laws of breastfeeding that can help new mothers breastfeed successfully and easily.

Customer Reviews

Very informative book.
Michelle Hartman Lane
As a mom this book helps me understand how breastfeeding works so that i can adapt breastfeeding relationship to my specific needs.
Angi Grant
I now feel like I will be ok, I now know my body will now what to do as long as I have confidence & listen to my instincts.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Joshie's Mommie on July 13, 2012
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This book was an AWESOME READ! I struggled to nurse with my first son because he had a poor latch and was a VERY slow eater - 45 mins+ at each feeding! (Try doing that every 2 hours and you get NOTHING else done in life!) I ended up pumping exclusively for 9 months and it about wore me out. I was a slave to that pump and to the clock!

When I got pregnant again 5 yrs later I was determined to better educate myself about nursing so I could slam dunk the nursing experience with my new baby. I came across this book and read it cover to cover. Within the first 2 chapters I found out I was doing at least 3 things WRONG in nursing my first son! Let me tell you... this book was a GOD SEND and a huge eye opener. This book had a TON of information in it. My 2nd son is now 8.5 mos old and is a nursing champ! I also started taking Fenugreek daily (2 pills in AM and 2 in PM) from the first week I was home from the hospital. Let me tell you - I am a milk making machine!!! I have about a 4-5 month supply in a deep freezer and most of that came from the extra milk I pumped AFTER NURSINGS. I think because I educated myself and understood the milk making process, how to latch appropriately, how to position myself to be comfortable, etc, I could relax, take it easy and enjoy my nursing relationship with my son.... thus making more milk. It was also a great reference tool many times in the first several months.

Nursing is certainly NOT easy for everyone. And it is a huge committment no matter who you are. (I stuggled with the latch with my 2nd son for several weeks. But, I didn't give up & I consulted a professional who helped me fix the problem quickly!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By marta on January 30, 2012
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I found this book to be very informative and wish I would have read it before giving birth so that I would have been armed with information before the stress of a new baby took over. Breastfeeding was very difficult for me and still is (6 months in). The book helped me understand the basics of BFing. I liked that it gave more scientific explanatations and quoted studies etc instead of anecdotal evidence in the LLL- Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (which is also good to have on hand, but made me feel terribly guilty that things weren't working out perfectly). This book is simple, short and helped a great deal.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By CCB12 on September 25, 2012
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This book is the reason I am successfully breastfeeding my baby now. I got it from the library, but had to buy it to refer back to. I would suggest buying a copy so you can mark pages and highlight things. I read it while pregnant and needed the info when the baby was born. Such good advice! I didn't have success bf'ing my first child. Part of that was because of bad advice from nurses in the hospital and no support (except from my husband who couldn't help). I gave up too early. Reading this book made the biggest difference the second time around. I still had hurdles but thanks to this book it's going great now, bf'ing is SO MUCH more convenient than bottle feeding after you get the hang of it. If you are considering doing any amount of breastfeeding buy this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JSL on March 12, 2013
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This is a fabulous resource for moms who want to breastfeed. I read it before my son's birth and used it as a guide afterward. It's got great advice for pumping too if you're going back to work - the other top book is pretty judgmental about moms who aren't going to stay at home.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By saz920 on March 20, 2013
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I read this book right after I brought my baby home from the hospital. Wish I had purchased it before he was born. I never took a class on breastfeeding and i feel this book did a great job teaching me all I needed to know. I still go back and reference this book after 3 months of successful breastfeeding so far! I highly recommend this book to all breastfeeding mothers!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Reese on February 1, 2014
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This is a good starter book but did not realistically address if you run into problems. If you are planning to nurse it is a good book. If you are nursing and having problems this is not the book for you.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kel2001 on February 26, 2014
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I bought this book based on a recommemdation from my OB when I said I planned to breastfeed. As a working professional with a science background, I have to say the writer spends more time trying to make a case for breastfeeding (through a very one-sided look at research articles) than getting down to the reason I bought the book--to learn how to breastfeed effectively. Second, the organization of the book is not great and only at the very end does it address a fairly salient point for working women--dealing with pumping milk and maintaining production when not able to exclusively breastfeed. The overall tone of the book is pretty sappy/touchy feely and clearly written by advocates of attachment parenting techniques. So if you're not into those things (like me), you'll probably find this to be an annoying read. All that said, the "Laws of Breastfeeding" are still quite useful, as are the sections on solving common problems, so this book will still make a decent breastfeeding reference.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ZMomUtah on July 8, 2013
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This is by far the best breastfeeding book I have read in my search to become more educated about nursing. I tried, and failed, to breastfeed my first child, and I wanted to read up before I had my second child to make sure I could get it to work. I foolishly thought all babies nursed perfectly and all moms made enough milk and there weren't any issues. Yikes. I was wrong, and I found that out with my first child. I only nursed her until 5 weeks. In preparation for my second child, I studied this book, and it really made it all make sense. I felt confident that I would be able to breastfeed and troubleshoot any issues I had. I continued to have problems with my second child, but I was told by my OB/GYN and children's pediatrician that low milk supply is a fallacy unless you have a few rare issues. Unfortunately, I found out I did have one of those rare issues- Postpartum Thyroiditis, and I was only able to nurse my son until 6 weeks. HOWEVER, after all the stress of breastfeeding, this was the one book in all the research I did that really hit it on the head and just made it click. I figured out how to latch properly and what to do with conditions that arise. It has great step-by-step instructions and diagrams to make you feel at ease. It is instructional and encouraging, but not in just a cheerleading "you can do it" kind of way. It had a lot more detail and instructions than just fluff. Which was extremely helpful for someone who had been through it once and failed. And I'm sure had I not had Thyroid problems, this book would have made breastfeeding simple.
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