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Dr. Mom's Guide to Breastfeeding Paperback – November 1, 1998


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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (November 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452279909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452279902
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,126,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book covers everything.
Melissa L Nagel
I have read numerous books on nursing and this is the only one I found that gives the truth about breastfeeding.
GANEESE WASHBURN
I loved the stories of the author's own experiences and the clear, practical directions.
Alice Serra (a.serra@worldnet.att.com)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alice Serra (a.serra@worldnet.att.com) on October 24, 1999
Format: Paperback
For me, this is undoubtedly the best of the breastfeeding guides. It not only provides gentle (not pushy, like some others) support for your decision to breastfeed, it is beautifully written and organized. I loved the stories of the author's own experiences and the clear, practical directions. Breastfeeding is a challenging but rewarding experience. She eloquently describes the rewards while providing practical advice for the difficulties rather than ignoring or down-playing them. Thank You for all your help Dr. Neifert. I wish you could be my Doula!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 31, 1999
Format: Paperback
Although this book was written primarily for mothers, it should be required reading for any pediatric health care provider. The author is a pediatrician and a mother of five who is an internationally known expert in the field of lactation management. She writes beautifully, making the book a pleasure to read. It's a very complete reference for new breastfeeding mothers, providing accurate information about nursing a baby, with the material presented in a sensitive and accepting manner. As a health professional with many years of experience working with breastfeeding mothers, I found it to be, by far, the best book on breastfeeding that I've ever read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 26, 2002
Format: Paperback
Covers the basics, but unlike many breastfeeding books, does not blithely assume all women are ideally equipped to breastfeed (given the proper training). This book explores areas such as insufficient supply, breast reduction and augmentation, malformed and/or lopsided breasts (hypoplastic), inverted nipples, extemely oversized or undersized breasts, and the lsit goes on.
The book also delves into methods for solving , or at least making the best of all sorts of problems or feeding situations. It provides a handy chart on what to expect in terms of new infant behaviour, and how to tell if baby is getting enough to eat.
Recommend for any woman who falls outside the "average" range of breast feeding problems, or for anyone who wants to understand the subject more deeply. Specific topics are scrupulously cross referenced. Skim the index when confronted with a particular concern. Illustrations are quite illumiunating if a bit gritty. Maybe more than you need to get started, but clearly written and very comprehensive.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 25, 1999
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Unfortunately, I found this book too late. While breast feeding is "natural", it is a learned skill and there are many things that can go wrong. I read the "other" books on breast feeding and consulted with numerous lactation consultants. The books were useless and the lactation consultants were baffled. If I had had Dr. Mom's book, I would have been able to diagnose and fix breast feeding problems early on. Rather than have months of difficulty, and eventual failure, I would have had the wonderful, successful experience that I had dreamed of and worked for.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "winelibrarian" on March 1, 2000
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Obstetricians should give this book to all expecting moms! It is by far the most thorough book on breastfeeding that exists. Even if you're not planning on breastfeeding for long, this book gives absolutely crucial information on latching on, jaundice, weight gain, and other issues that are very important during the first few days of an infant's life. It does repeat some of the basic points in a few different sections, but I found that the repetition helped me remember the important information. The author's tone is also very warm, and I used this book as my moral support when confronted by others who didn't understand breastfeeding. She also assumes the reader is intelligent, and explains varying approaches to potential problems, with detailed scientific information. I strongly advise that you read this BEFORE your baby is born, because afterwards you won't have time, and this is a book that should be read rather than skimmed. I am proud to say that my baby is 7 months old and has never had a drop of formula. But I have had to overcome some challenges to keep breastfeeding this long, and I don't think I could have done it without the advice and support I found in this book. Thank you, Dr. Mom!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 5, 2000
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This is the most thorough, helpful, & realistic guide to breastfeeding I've seen. I suffered through over 3 months of desparate attempts to nurse my daughter 2 yrs. ago, pouring through other breastfeeding books & seeing lactation consultants for help. This book is complete in its recommendations for preparing for breastfeeding & for knowing when to seek help for problems within the first week. Unlike books I read 2 yrs. ago before this one was published, a realistic approach is taken for the severity of problems some women experience and the importance of putting the baby's weight gain & welfare over attempts to continue breastfeeding at all costs.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen on January 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is great. When I was pregnant I received LLL's "Womanly Art of Breastfeeding" but found it to be fairly, well, preachy and unrealistic. There wasn't any practical advice on how to solve problems, or deal with issues of working moms, etc. This book gives you sound advice on issues such as common problems like plugged ducts, breastmilk storage, nursing past one year, how to deal with serious medical issues such as premature birth, etc. It's not meant to be read from start to finish, but the thorough index makes finding any specific information a breeze. Highly recommended for any would-be nurser.
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