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The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care Paperback – March 16, 2013
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Thomas S. Cowan is the author of the Fourfold Path to Healing. He is a physician in private practice in San Francisco, California.
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There is a lot to like about The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Child Care by Sally Fallon Morrell and Thomas S Cowan. Some of it is exceptionally well-researched (other things I thought were a little sketchy or questionable, see further below). I could never list all the awesome things the book discusses, but some of the highlights for me include:
- Discussion about healthy fats. Many parents and parents-to-be are scared of fats because we've been fed a lie about cholesterol. I'm not afraid of fats and believe they are essential to nutrition and development, especially that of children, but I sometimes feel the WAPF goes overboard with this.
- Exploration of the vitamins and minerals needed prior to conception and during pregnancy.
- Discussion about toxic chemical exposure in every day life/products and the risks of this during pregnancy.
- An examination of what is in modern infant formula.
- Comprehensive suggestions for treating common childhood ailments using natural approaches rather than mainstream medicine.
I also found myself reading and rereading a few things in the book that made me go hrmmmm:
- A suggestion that it is not necessary to consume large amounts of water before and during pregnancy (p35).Read more ›
Perhaps the first sign that this book would be a let down were the typos throughout the pages (such as "hunbands" for husbands p 211, "sores" for scores p 104). The carelessness of the authors was reflected in the poor quality of the content and its presentation. This book lacked a coherent voice, and others have noted the contradictory statements found throughout its pages.
There are myriad sections without references. At other times the authors reference secondary sources (in discussing toilet training they note that "Pediatrician Lindy Woodard believes that a child can and should be trained by thirty months; in her professional experience, children who are trained at an older age have more problems learning to use the toilet." p. 168). Often the subject of a section would lack focus and context, such as p. 209 where the authors talk about "soul disorders" in reference to mental health. One assumes they are referencing the work of someone else, but it isn't cited or put into context. This leaves the reader to wonder why the authors would consider if "wisdom teeth extraction impacts our souls."
Some of the child rearing advice was unexpected: p.Read more ›
Let me be fair and say that so much of this book does have good information, particularly with regards to baby's first food and the timelines of what-to-feed-when. But I could not hand this book out to the exhausted moms in my baby group or to other friends who have older children or who are planning for their first. It's too extreme and over and over again the implication is "if your baby is not perfect and happy, has colic, does not sleep well, etc. that you and your diet are to blame." Sally Fallon, that's the message we got.
Please amend these implications throughout the book. I am happy to highlight the paragraphs that need editing if you ever hope to reach a broader audience.
I want this book to succeed. I want every part of WAPF to succeed. But how can I hand this book out to my mom friends who have never heard of WAPF and who need a gentle and informative (that is, impersonal) starting point?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The only useful advice is on nutrition, everything else is complete and utter BS.Published 1 month ago by Andrew Harris
Best pregnancy preparing book ever! No synthetic prenatal vitamins needed here!!Published 1 month ago by vanessa
Pretty unhappy with my purchase. The summary of the whole book is take cod liver oil, tons of it, and give tons of it to your baby. I wish I had saved my money. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mandy
Excellent book. I only wish I had it sooner. It has many great tips on nutrition and natural remedies. It is definitely worth the price. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kate
I bought this for my sister then decided to keep it for myself :)Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
A bit overwhelming in its zeal, but accurate in its analysis of modern diets, I think. I take what I like from it, and ignore what I don't have patience for.Published 2 months ago by HEIDI from NYC
I love Sally Fallon's original book on "Nourishing Traditions," and purchased her "Baby" book for friends who were expecting/recently gave birth. Read morePublished 3 months ago by DM, Denver