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The Nursing Mother's Companion Paperback – July 15, 1999

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From Publishers Weekly

Most books about breastfeeding are heavy on nursing's mystical rewards and light on actual technique. Huggins, a maternal nurse and professional lactation consultant, corrects the imbalance with a lucid, trouble-shooting guide, in which she points out that while nursing is unquestionably the healthiest, most natural way to feed babies, it is not always blissful for the mother. The author tackles various common and uncommon complaints about breastfeeding from inadequate milk supply, breast pain, engorgement and fussy babies to infections, allergies and breast-milk jaundice that could affect the child. In a chapter on nursing mothers who work outside of the home, Huggins offers an instructive review of breast pumps. Her reassuring, practical suggestions make this book an excellent informational companion.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

While excellent books on the benefits of nursing abound, the author of this detailed, thorough guide "set out . . . to provide mothers with a practical guide for easy reference throughout the nursing period." Indeed, her work does stand apart from others which tend to offer only general advice. Huggins, a nurse, covers every aspect of breastfeeding with specific step-by-step instructions to guide women to success in an area often fraught with uncertainty and anxiety. All stages are covered from the first week through weaning the older baby. There is an excellent appendix on the safety of drugs during nursing. Also included are sections addressing postpartum care and special needs of preemies and Caesarian births, all written in a reassuring style. Highly recommended. Debra Berlanstein, Tow son State Univ. Lib., Baltimore
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Common Press; 4th edition (July 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558321527
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558321526
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a wonderful tool to use if breastfeeding your child. It breaks down the breastfeeding experience into specific time periods (first week, first two weeks, first two months, months 2 to 6, etc.) and details problems and solutions specific to that time period. I found the solutions to be incredibly helpful- clogged ducts and latching-on difficulties were two problems I had with my first child, and the book's step by step method for correction was right on target. The author provides help in developing your child's diet as they start to eat solid food and continue nursing, and helps in the weaning process, all the while never making you feel guilty if you don't nurse until your child is four years old, but not making you feel guilty if you nurse that long either. The book is especially useful for first-time breastfeeding, although I did refer back to it a few times with my second child. Highly recommended.
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I am a first time mother, and took nursing classes while in the hospital after giving birth. They were a big help, but it was easy to forget specifics after going home. This book was a life saver! Especially when I had to face the questioning/criticism of my mother in law and other well meaning friends who told me not to nurse my baby every two hours, to let her sleep, etc. After 11 weeks of exclusively and very successfully nursing my daughter, I am happy to have had this book to refer to!! Because I followed the advice in this book, my milk came in right away, and has been plentiful since! The book also helped me deduce that my newborn's "colic" was possibly a reaction to cow's milk protein (which my pediatrician said was unlikely), as well as her awful facial rash (which my pediatrician labled excema). This book suggested eliminating dairy from my diet for 2 weeks, and then reintroducing it; sure enough the symtoms went away and then reappeared briefly until I eliminated dairy again. My baby has clear skin and does not cry for hours, and hasn't for weeks! I'm buying 2 copies of this book for pregnant friends!
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After taking two breastfeeding classes through WIC (Women, Infants and Children) and two classes ofered through my hospital - I didn't want to hear another insight on breastfeeding - everything any instructor said always contradicted the other person...I really wasn't planning on reading anything on breastfeeding, because I didn't think there was anything to it...out of all of my childcare books, every reference seemed so clinical - and boring. When my son was born via emergency cesearean on the 4th of January, I was visited by a lactation consultant in my recovery room. Though we were progressing wonderfully and he was latching on fine - I was surprised with all of the questions I suddenly had...after all, I was planning on doing this for AT LEAST 9 months...she recommended this book, I ordered it from Amazon (and it arrived quickly in pristine condition!) and it really is great. I have questions every day and we are now on week 3 of nursing. If you are pregnant (or already have a child for that matter!) and think that you might need a breastfeeding book - get this one. The layout is great and all info. very relevant and helpful.
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The Nursing Mother's Companion is so informative, concise, well-laid out, and comprehensive that I don't know how I would have survived learning to breastfeed without it.
It answered ALL of my questions as I was trying to master nursing my baby. It has chapters that go in-depth on all subjects relating to breastfeeding as well as wonderful "Survival Guide" sections that help you quickly pinpoint problems, tell you why you're having them, and then give you solutions that actually work and work well. When you're in pain (physical or emotional) from learning such a new skill, you want answers as quickly as possible.
This book covers preparation during pregnancy, learning to breastfeed, and it continues to teach and help throughout your entire nursing experience. It has sections on special circumstances like nursing premature babies, adopted babies, and babies with conditions or diseases that make nursing difficult. It also has advise for mothers with special circumstances.
One more aspect about this book that was wonderful was it's non-preachy tone. The author asserts that breast is best (which you probably know if you're reading the book), explains why, then moves on to the practical matters of breastfeeding. No annoying and repetitive condemnation of anyone choosing to formula feed.
This is a wonderful book! I recommend it to everyone who is breastfeeding and give it as shower gifts to soon-to-be nursing moms.
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One thing about breastfeeding that you can't understand until you do it is that it is a constantly evolving process. Once you think you've got it down, something new starts happening. This book guides you through all the stages with in-depth information. I found myself returning to it often over the two years I nursed by son. None of my other baby books came close to the level of knowledge and understanding this book presents. The book certainly advocates breastfeeding, but in a non-judgmental way (not suggesting that you wrap it up by six months or suggesting you're a bad mother if you do); I really appreciated this attitude.
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