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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; 1 edition (September 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553384295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553384291
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ina May Gaskin is an international treasure. Her new guide to breastfeeding is the best thing ever written on the subject. A must-have for all pregnant women interested in the best start for their babies." —Christiane Northrup, M.D., Author of Women' s Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause

"This book is all we've come to expect of Ina May Gaskin—warm, wise, solidly based in real experiences, and sensitive to the needs and lives of women in all their complexity. It's the only breastfeeding book you'll need."—Barbara Katz Rothman and Wendy Simonds, authors of Laboring On

"Simply put, midwife Ina May Gaskin is the most important person in maternity care in North America, bar none."—Marsden Wagner, M.D., M.S., former Director of Women' s and Children's Health, World Health Organization

"Breastfeeding is one of life' s greatest joys. And there is no better guide to have at your side than the legendary Ina May!"—Harvey Karp, M.D., author of The Happiest Baby on the Block and creator of the DVD

"Ina May Gaskin's words of wisdom are a gift to all women. Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding is the perfect informative companion to Spiritual Midwifery and Ina May's Guide to Childbirth. All of them hold a treasured place in my library and should, no doubt, be part of yours."—Ricki Lake, coauthor of Your Best Birth and cocreator of the documentary The Business of Being Born

"Eons of accumulated feminine wisdom, having been muddled and dispersed by modern medical practice, have become sadly unavailable to today's woman. In this and each of her books, Ms. Gaskin, one of the world's foremost scholars of such wisdom, puts it concisely and lovingly back into our hands. Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding is the perfect gift for any pregnant woman. It is like having the best childbirth and lactation consultant right there at your bedside. And for non-pregnant women and men alike, may it be viewed as the seminal feminist text that it is, and may the re-empowerment of women with respect to childbirth be seen as central to the work of feminism, and indeed the cause of humanity, in the 21st century." —Ani DiFranco
 
 

About the Author

Ina May Gaskin, certified professional midwife, has been a midwife for more than thirty years at The Farm Midwifery Center at The Farm, in Summertown, Tennessee.

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Ina May Gaskin is founder and director of the Farm Midwifery Center, located near Summertown, Tennessee. She has lectured all over the world at midwifery conferences and at medical schools, both to students and to faculty. The Farm is noted for its low rates of intervention, morbidity and mortality. Recently selected as a Visiting Fellow at Morse College of Yale University, Ina May also teaches midwifery, writes books and articles for medical journals and edits her quarterly journal, The Birth Gazette.

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Every expectant mother should read this book.
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It was very informative and definitely my favorite breastfeeding book!
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I loved Ina May's wisdom and guidance in this wonderful book.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By NY on September 29, 2009
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Ina May Gaskin has done it again. Full of information and insight, this page-turner of a book is a must-read. What a great baby shower gift! The book covers everything from the basics of breastfeeding to sleeping arrangements, to nursing twins, to what to do when babies get sick, to weaning, to eradicating nipplephobia and creating a breastfeeding culture. The appendices and resources at the end are also extremely helpful.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By mlp on April 30, 2010
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I am a labor, delivery and postpartum RN and mother of a 10 month old. I loved this book. It was factually accurate and provided information I have not found in other breastfeeding resources. In particular, I appreciated her realistic view of women returning to work and continuing to breastfeed. She had excellent information about the use of a breastpump and what to expect while using one. I also liked her more "moderate" view on breastfeeding unlike the the La Leche League's book. It was nice to hear a more moderate voice in the world of breastfeeding.

This book was also quite educational and discussed some rather fascinating accounts of lactation, such as women who were able to lactate post-menopausal and prior to pregnancy. I found this quite interesting and of value to discuss in a culture that seems to have the belief that lactation is difficult or unimportant.

The only section I was somewhat ambivalent about was her discussion about "nipple phobia." While I do agree that our culture is "phobic" of seeing a woman's nipples, I'm not sure that the label adds value to the destruction of this state in our culture. Other than that, this book was the best breastfeeding resource I have ever read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bandora Fox on December 20, 2010
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I enjoyed how the author covered a lot of information in a relatively short space. The book contains more than the average new mom seeking basic breastfeeding how to would like to know but is a great resource for the person that wants to know more.

I specially enjoyed the historical anecdotes and the home remedies for breastfeeding ailments. This is a very good book to have for a woman committed to making breastfeeding work.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Yoitsmel on October 16, 2012
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I am a post-partum nurse. I thought I knew a lot about breastfeeding, but Ina May proved that I still have a lot to learn. This book is filled with wonderful (evidence based!) tips for breastfeeding your baby. I've already used so many of the insightful stories, facts and suggestions in my practice. Many women think that they simply aren't made to breastfeed, but after reading this book I think a lot of those women would feel more empowered to stick with it and do what is best for themselves and their babies.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Margaret A. Lyman on April 30, 2010
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Books about breastfeeding tend to be about the same thing - benefits, techniques, trouble-shooting. While Ina May's covers these, the devotes a short chapter to benefits, another short chapter on technique (though this has slightly different advice than others') and she does cover problems. Within the normal chapters, she does give tips and hints that I haven't seen in other books. The last three chapters also cover cultural issues that other books don't cover (Wet nursing, nipplephobia, and BFing culture). It's going right to the top of my list of books about nursing.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K Fig on December 12, 2009
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I highly recommend this book to mother's-to-be, mother's, breastfeeding mother's and doula's. Ina May did it again! This is hands down the best breastfeeding book I have ever read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LCM86 on February 5, 2011
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This is the second book by Ina May that I have read and I am in love! I bought this book to help me prepare for breastfeeding as I am expecting my first baby in May '11. I loved this book and could not put it down! It is full of helpful advice and problem solving techniques plus a lot information about the benefits of breastfeeding. Would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking to breastfeed.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Yap on December 15, 2009
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Nothing but the best from Ina May Gaskin. This book is just as expected. Lots of very useful practical information and soul supporting words for the mother to be, mother currently nursing, and the birth professional. I am a mother and birth doula and I really enjoy this book. A great gift for the expecting mother in your life would be both books: Ina May's Guide to Childbirth book and Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding.
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