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About the Author

LAUREN FEDER, MD, is a nationally recognized physician who specializes in homeopathic medicine. Affiliated with the Natural Center for Homeopathy, Holistic Pediatric Association, and La Leche League, she is a frequent lecturer for parents and professionals and has been seen nationally on various health-oriented television programs and heard on radio stations throughout the United States. Dr. Feder has written for Homeopathy Today and Mothering Magazine and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Alternative Medicine Digest, DiscoveryHealth.com, and many other publications and websites.

Dr. Feder is in private practice in Los Angeles, where she lives with her husband and two sons. Visit her at www.drfeder.com, a family resource for homeopathy, holistic health, and natural parenting.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Hatherleigh Press; 1 edition (March 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578262054
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578262052
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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LAUREN FEDER, MD, is a nationally recognized physician who specializes in homeopathic medicine. Affiliated with the Natural Center for Homeopathy, Holistic Pediatric Association, and La Leche League, she is a frequent lecturer for parents and professionals and has been seen nationally on various health-oriented television programs and heard on radio stations throughout the United States. Dr. Feder has written for Homeopathy Today and Mothering Magazine and has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Alternative Medicine Digest, DiscoveryHealth.com, and many other publications and websites.

Dr. Feder is in private practice in Los Angeles, where she lives with her husband and two sons. Visit her at www.drfeder.com, a family resource for homeopathy, holistic health, and natural parenting.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Finding Health on August 28, 2006
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Natural Baby is just the reference book I was looking for. I have a 1.5-year-old son and would have benefited from this reading from when he was first born. Luckily I have another on the way and am much more educated on the subject of babies! My Mom is very much into conventional medicine (just give him Tylenol and he will be fine) which is not where I am at this point in time. So this book and its teachings are just the thing I need for support of a holistic approach to raising my children. Her book is very detailed. It has everything you need to know about vaccinations, childhood ailments, breastfeeding, co-sleeping, homeopathy, and much more. I thought I was up on most natural and non-intrusive ways to raise my children.

Then I found the section on what clothes are made of and what is in the plastic that makes up the toys he plays with as well as the pacifier that goes in his mouth and on and on and on. It is nice to know there is a Doctor out there that is attuned to how the body, mind and spirit all work together. I like the fact she has two children of her own and the remedies in this book have been tried and proven. My son bumped his mouth a few months back and with his new teeth got a fat lip. I used the remedy Arnica Montana that I had on hand (luckily, thanks to this book) and the swelling went down almost immediately.

Thank you Dr. Feder for such a comprehensive book that I will get for people for Christmas presents... The info is much appreciated :)
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By M. Erdmann on June 20, 2006
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I wanted a book that discussed various childhood illnesses, including syptoms and treatment. It includes that and more. For treatments, Feder covers conventional and homeopathic treatments. I've also been doing research on vaccines through others books and this one complimented that nicely. It touches on the aspects of the disease, vaccine schedule for it, as well as potential side effects from the vaccine. With so many of the vaccines I had no idea what the disease was that was possibly being prevented. Feder also writes about the various points of "attachment parenting" including the family bed and breastfeeding. She does all of this without judgment. I'm glad to have this book in my parenting library.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Moms Work Hard on August 8, 2006
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Five years ago when I had my son everyone and their sister told me to get "What to Expect" ....and I got it and I read it and I felt less than nothing. Just a big, fat, clunk. nada.

I am much more crunchy than a lot of moms but I'm not that far out there. (No homebirth for me) but gosh, what I would have done for something like this book back then. When my son was having a fever everything in me said, "skip the tylenol" it just felt wrong to me... and in fact in Feder's book (page 362) she describes it best.."The fever and its accompanying symptoms, whle anoying are vital in helping to strengthen the immune system and ward off future infection." I now let my son burn off his fevers and I am willing to push it to 104.....this just felt right in my gut and that's what makes Feder's book so great.. it answers to some of us who have different guts than the ones that ring over the 'what to expect' books...
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Mann on July 20, 2006
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I only wish I had this book 20 years ago when I was raising my children. This comprehensive baby book offers advice on anything from alternative medicine to vaccines, from healthy nutrition to appropriate toys, and from understanding your toddler to teen and all the stages in between. What makes my copy dog-eared is the A-Z Guide for common medical problems in the back of the book. Makes for a great baby shower gift!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Gentile on January 22, 2007
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As new parents, this book offers unique insight into childrearing issues we are facing. Particularly valuable is the author's fresh rethinking of many aspects of childcare that are usually overlooked or taken for granted in our society, such as vaccination, diapering, diet, the sleep ritual, and the avoidance of toxic materials of which, unbeknownst to many of us, many baby toys and products are made.

As is befitting of a book written by a medical doctor who specializes in alternative medicine, a significant portion is devoted to an A-to-Z discussion of various childhood ailments, with conventional treatment discussed side-by-side with homeopathic options.

In short, this is a book that should hold a special place in the library of every thoughtful new parent.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By William Morrell on July 21, 2006
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The great thing about this book is that it gives you both the "standard medicine" approach to any of your child's problems, and also the "alternative" approach. This means that, unless you have an emergency situation, you have the option of trying the alternative approach first, to see how you like it. Often you can avoid having to give your child antibiotics, or steroids, etc. I think this is what makes this book unique.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By AKA on November 23, 2007
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I purchased this book mainly to learn about treating common childhood illnesses using homeopathic medicine. This book does a good and comprehensive job of laying out common childhood illnesses and their conventional treatment vs. their homeopathic treatment. I also liked her general explanation on childhood vaccination although her scientific research worries me a little especially when she lists "autism" as a side effect of the MMR vaccine which hasn't been scientifically proven yet. The other reason I am giving this book only four stars is because the author is a little militant about breastfeeding and co-sleeping. Since I didn't purchase the book for those issues it didn't bother me but (even though I chose to breastfeed my children) I found the tone of the book to be almost accusatory if you choose not to breasfeed or co-sleep with your children.
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