Mother Food and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Buy New
$17.16
Qty:1
  • List Price: $21.45
  • Save: $4.29 (20%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
Trade in your item
Get a $2.00
Gift Card.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Mother Food: A Breastfeeding Diet Guide with Lactogenic Foods and Herbs - Build Milk Supply, Boost Immunity, Lift Depression, Detox, Lose Weight, Optimize a Baby's IQ, and Reduce Colic and Allergies Paperback – August 1, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0979599507 ISBN-10: 0979599504 Edition: 1St Edition

Buy New
Price: $17.16
23 New from $17.15 21 Used from $8.95
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$17.16
$17.15 $8.95

Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student




Frequently Bought Together

Mother Food: A Breastfeeding Diet Guide with Lactogenic Foods and Herbs - Build Milk Supply, Boost Immunity, Lift Depression, Detox, Lose Weight, Optimize a Baby's IQ, and Reduce Colic and Allergies + The Breastfeeding Mother's Guide to Making More Milk: Foreword by Martha Sears, RN + Eat Well, Lose Weight, While Breastfeeding: The Complete Nutrition Book for Nursing Mothers
Price for all three: $39.04

Buy the selected items together

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Save up to 90% on Textbooks
Rent textbooks, buy textbooks, or get up to 80% back when you sell us your books. Shop Now

Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Rosalind Press; 1St Edition edition (August 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979599504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979599507
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

A world of possibilities will open for you when you read Mother Food: Food and Herbs That Promote Milk Production and a Mother's Health. There's a wide range of tips, from learning to recognize food sensitivities to using foods and herbs to help build a milk supply. One chapter focuses on supporting digestion, preventing allergies, and lowering the body's toxic load. As well as providing ways of using foods and herbs to promote health, the author offers recipes for basic whole food cooking as well as recipes for lactogenic foods -- which is just a fancy way of saying foods good for helping a body make milk! Today's mothers, and all family cooks and food shoppers, can benefit by the down-to-earth, practical, and easy-to-use information about herbs and foods.

Mother Food is a good general guide for mothers who want to know more about herbs and how foods can affect health. The author takes a refreshing approach to eating, recommending wholesome foods according to how they suit one's particular digestion, and selecting foods that support lactation. Much of the information in the book could help mothers spot potential diet-related problems, such as allergies and food sensitivities. For example, did you know that, according to allergists, a diet focused on one food may eventually lead to a deficiency in the enzyme needed to digest that particular food? Consequently, undigested food molecules pass through the intestines and set up an allergic reaction. Consider a mother drinking gallons of milk, for example, because it is considered to be a healthy food, only to suffer from symptoms of sinus pain and earaches and her breastfed baby suffers along with colic, too. Recognizing how food makes her feel could change her life!

Mother Food is an especially valuable book for those who have a partial or overabundant milk supply. Hilary Jacobson's years of personal research have been driven by her efforts to bolster her own faltering milk supply. Hilary has four children and had an incomplete milk supply for her first child for many weeks. She also found that her supply was very sensitive, and would decrease easily. As she read and learned more, she was able to produce a sufficient milk supply for her babies, which took less effort to maintain with each child. She found that certain foods and herbs helped her to keep it steady, and this book is her way of sharing what she has learned with other mothers. Inspired by the grief of struggling with her milk supply, and the excitement of overcoming her difficulties, Hilary became a champion for mothers who are growing their babies with love and as much milk as they can manage to make.

Once a mother has tried all the basic strategies for increasing her production and still cannot achieve the relationship she craves or the milk supply she needs, she may feel cut adrift and alone in her sorrow. Mothers facing struggles similar to those of Hilary battle with feelings of failure, frustration, and grief. A mother coping with breastfeeding problems needs a mentor as she might be facing other issues such as depression and/or health issues for her and/or her baby. Furthermore, she might be emotionally vulnerable to every perceived criticism. This book is a soothing tonic for a mother's weary heart and it offers hope as well. With this helpful manual in hand, a mother can focus on preserving her breastfeeding relationship, and celebrating every drop of human milk her body can make for her baby. The book is also loaded with encouragement and information to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding problems, especially as they relate to a lactogenic diet.

Mother Food is well researched with wisdom from India to China, from the medical records of the Greek doctor Discorides in the first century, to the results from an Iowa Women's Health Study about coffee, tea, and caffeine consumption and the risk of rheumatoid arthritis. Whether you are interested in exploring herbs to help with skin rashes or depression, or foods for a low milk supply, you will find what you need in this book. --New Beginnings, Vol. 24 No. 4, July-August 2007, p. 180

From the Publisher

Expert Reviews:

Linda Folden Palmer, DC, author of "Baby Matters" and "The Baby Bond":

Jacobson covers a wide array of pertinent topics in this book, with an excellent understanding of the current spectrum of maternal, lactation professional, and science knowledge (each of which seem to have gaps between them), and adds lots of insightful and fun historic and anthropologic information along the way.

She's raised my own consciousness in my own favorite directions: just how intimately and distinctly our food choices affect us.

Something to bring to the beach for pleasure reading if you have ANY interest in infant feeding; really. A must-read for lactation professionals, and for breastfeeding mothers with any challenges at all. My dream to see pediatricians read.

Diana West, BA, IBCLC, author of "Defining your Own Success: Breastfeeding After Breast Reduction Surgery" and "Making More Milk":

"A book about the way foods influence milk composition - truly excellent."

Lisa Marasco, MA, IBCLC, author of "Making More Milk":

"What we eat CAN matter. `Mother Food' is a wonderful collection of historical traditions from cultures around the world and what they feed mothers to support good health, breastfeeding, and plentiful milk production. Hilary Jacobson has put years of research into pulling together information that has almost been lost to the western world; every mother will benefit from reading this book, as well as anyone who works with or supports breastfeeding mothers."

Cheryl R. Scott, RN, IBCLC, Ph.D.:

"This book is a `must read' book for all pregnant and breastfeeding mothers along with their health care providers. Mrs. Jacobson provides information on how to avoid allergies, how to lower a mother's toxic load, how to prevent over-detoxification while breastfeeding, how to prevent infant colic, postpartum depression, anemia, insulin resistance, food cravings and food addictions along with how to promote and create a healthy milk supply. I love all of the helpful and yummy recipes sprinkled throughout the book."

Sheila Humphrey, RSC, RN, IBCLC, author of "Nursing Mothers Herbal":

"I like `Mother Food's' independent originality. Reading `Mother Food' is like entering a garden with intriguing viewpoints and a number of paths that invite further exploration. One's imagination is given permission to run rampant within beautifully arranged beds of knowledge that reveal themselves slowly along the meandering but manicured paths. For many restricted to thinking only with evidence-based information, reading the book will be like finding an inviting gate leading out of a walled city." 



More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
5 star
48
4 star
9
3 star
4
2 star
3
1 star
0
See all 64 customer reviews
The book is also well-written, easy to read, and very interesting!
E. S. Manning
The recipes are delicious, and make it fun to watch both what I eat, and the kitchen herbs I use to increase my milk supply for my baby.
Helen Y. Chang
It will help me expand what lactogenic foods and herbs I include in my diet.
H. Sauceda

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Linda F. Palmer on August 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
It's been over a decade since I've nursed and this topic is a slightly on the edge of my writing and consulting areas so why did I buy the book? I ran across the title accidentally and guess I was mostly interested in how someone could write a whole text about fenugreek, a few other herbs, and a couple of drugs. Maybe I just wanted to see if the book was just silliness. Well, zowie, even if you've been consulting in lactation for many years and read "all" the books, there's a multitude of interesting and juicy meat in this book (and there's a lot more than "a few other herbs"). She covers a wide array of pertinent topics, with an excellent understanding of the current spectrum of maternal, lactation professional, and science knowledge (each of which often seem to have large gaps between them), and adds lots of insightful and fun historic and anthropologic information along the way.

She's raised my own consciousness in my own favorite directions: just how intimately and distinctly our food choices affect us.

Something to bring to the beach for pleasure reading if you have ANY interest in infant feeding; really. A must-read for lactation professionals, and for breastfeeding mothers with any challenges at all. My dream to see pediatricians read.

Linda Folden Palmer, DC, author of "Baby Matters" and "The Baby Bond" The Baby Bond: The New Science Behind What's Really Important When Caring for Your Baby
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Herblady22 VINE VOICE on February 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
Many women who experience the natural waxing and waning of breastmilk feel that they must be drying up and needlesly wean their babies too early. Hilary Jacobson shows how foods and herbs can increase milk production through natural cyclic changes as well as those brought about by medication, illness and stress. She doesn't simply present lists of galactogues (breatmilk enhancing foods and herbs) she talks about the energetics of them. For instance nigella seeds, used in the Mideast to enhance breastmilk, may be too warming for regular consumption unless a woman runs cold, and fennel may be a better choice. She discusses ways of determining what allergens may go through the breastmilk and bother the baby- even showing how they can be detected prenatally. Finally she covers foods that mother the mother. This is an excellent resource and I have no trouble recommending it to my patients.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Wicked Cool Mom on August 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is outstanding. I had originally bought "Eat Well, Lose Weight, While Breastfeeding" and was so disappointed, I sent it back to Amazon. Then I found "Mother Food." I can't tell you what a valuable resource this has been for me. It has a very international feel (the author is Swiss) because it references cultures from all over the world and connects you with moms from ever corner of the globe on what works best for producing the highest quality of breastmilk for your baby. The best recipe in the book is for the "green drink." It's a blend of raw fruit and vegetable juices that increases the quantity and quality of your breastmilk amazingly. I make this drink everyday and since then have been able to pump a full 5 oz more milk each day. I have looked and felt so much better since beginning some of the routines described in this book and my baby has been much happier and had hardly any colic! You absolutely MUST buy this book.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Deena Cannistraci on November 10, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Thank you Hilary for writing this book! I struggled with my past children to make enough milk for them. With my third child I was able to make enough milk until 4 months when suddenly my production nearly halted. A friend online recommended her book. I couldn't put it down after my copy arrived! Within 3 days I noticed an increase my supply by following Hilary's suggested foods for lactation. Within a week and a half I was engorged with milk and leaking! Something I previously never experienced! I've since adopted eating lactogenically into my daily routine without having to buy expensive herbs. I am making enough milk not only for my 5 month old but for my older food allergic son who could really use the high quality nutrition only mother's milk can provide. I've also noticed that my baby is more satisfied at feedings and goes longer between feedings. My apperance of milk has a richer fat content than before as well. Thank you Hilary! I recommend that anyone who is struggling to get enough milk that they read this book. I've only reached the tip of the iceberg!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
As a mother and medical writer, I highly recommend this fascinating book. It addresses a wide range of issues, but it is also a good read, and easy to understand. It is a great resource for any breastfeeding mother and a useful reference book for health workers such as midwives, breastfeeding councellors and doctors.

There is extensive information on foods and herbs that are used in different cultures to support a mothers milk production (galactagogues) and general health. A lot of the foods you will find already in your kitchen. This book is particularly useful if you have concerns over your milk supply (whether you are nursing or pumping) and looks at oversupply as well as undersupply, and at supply problems that are less well known, such as premenstrual reduction of milk production. There are numerous tips and recipes that can help you regulate your milk supply.

Other problems that also face nursing mothers are addressed (e.g. weightgain, post natal depression, blocked milk ducts, thrush and mastitis) along with appropriate dietary measures, foods, herbs and supplements for their treatment. More general problems of colds, allergies, fatigue and asthma are also discussed. There are also sections which describe foods and herbs (both to take and to avoid) that are useful in treating colic and reflux in your baby. The book has a comprehensive contents page and is clearly indexed so it is quick to find the information you need. The book is well referenced with a listing including peer-reviewed literature and book titles - great if you want to do some further reading.

As a mother who had some undersupply problems following a breast abscess, I can say that the information contained in this book very possibly saved my nursing relationship with my daughter. I would strongly recommend this book to any woman who is breastfeeding, thinking about breastfeeding or pumping milk for her baby.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Customer Images

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Search