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About the Author

Sally Fallon Morell is the founding president of the Weston A. Price Foundation and author of the best-selling Nourishing Traditions. She lives in Washington, DC.

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Newtrends Publishing, Inc.; 1 edition (March 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982338317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982338315
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Because the original Nourishing Traditions book has been so useful for me, I pre-ordered the Baby and Child Care version as soon as I heard it was going to be released. I was excited when it was delivered and I could finally read it! Having two small children, I am always happy to learn more about nourishing them.

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).
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I enjoyed reading Nourishing Traditions (NT) and have incorporated some of the information from that book into my family's diet. It also prompted me to delve into some areas of nutrition research that I hadn't read before NT. I expected this book to take a similar approach to child care (i.e. present qualitative and quantitative research, give an overview of historical trends, and present ideas from various cultures). I had high hopes for this book, since Sally Fallon was once again listed as an author, but after reading this book perhaps I should search for more from Mary Enig (the co-author of NT, but not on this book).

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.
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By CynCA on November 14, 2013
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This felt like a judgmental anthem written to scare mothers into compliance of a very strict and hard to follow lifestyle. Let me say that I am a dedicated member of WAPF. I have bought over 40 copies of Nourishing Traditions (YES! I really have) because I keep a stack in my pantry and give any friend of family member a copy if they show even the slightest interest in the topics of health, nutrition, and cooking. My children drink raw milk, eat liver, and we follow WAPF about 80% of the time. The foundation has given me the deep information to make me healthy and my family healthy and happy, and I am eternally grateful for these cooking tools and informational tools. I was SO EXCITED when this book came out almost a year ago because my son was just days old and because my twin sister was pregnant with her first child. We both bought the book and gobbled it up. At this very vulnerable time in our lives we both felt like this book was not the supportive source of information that we were looking for.
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?
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