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A comprehensive and thorough manual about breastfeeding in general and herbal remedies in particular. -- Andrew Weil, MD

About the Author

Sheila Humphrey is an RN and Lactation Consultant in a hospital-based practice, and is a La Leche League Leader. She lives near Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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  • Series: Human Body Library
  • Paperback: 355 pages
  • Publisher: Fairview Press; 1 edition (November 6, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577491181
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577491187
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The main focus of "The Nursing Mother's Herbal" is Breastfeeding. Herbal remedies are also included.

Sheila Humphrey has included just about everything you would want to know about this subject. She has also included information on specific herbal remedies for various situations.

If you are trying to decide between breastfeeding and feeding your baby "formula" you will want to read the benefits and risks section in chapter one. There is also information on donated milk and other fascinating facts.

This book is divided into 11 main sections:

The Health Benefits of Breastfeeding & Health Risks of Baby Formulas

Successful Breastfeeding - Everything from finding a lactation specialist to organizing your day.

How Milk is Made and Why This Matters

Herbs and Herbal Products

Healthcare Options - A discussion about Western and Conventional Medicine.

Postpartum Recovery - What to eat and what to expect after delivery.

Solutions for Regulating Your Milk Supply - herbal help

Breast Problems

Common Illnesses and Health Problems

Common Signs to look for when Your Child is Ill

Weaning and the Return to Fertility

The Nursing Mother's Herbal is one of the books I'd recommend to every woman who is considering becoming a mother or who is already pregnant. This book gives you a wealth of information and I think it is one of the most interesting books I've ever read on breastfeeding and postpartum issues.

Sheila also encourages you to find the support you need. She gives excellent advice on how to deal with every aspect of breastfeeding and also focuses on the most intricate details of every positive and negative situation that could occur.
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Sheila Humphrey has writeen a book that incoroporates sound breastfeeding advice along with reliable herbal information. Breastfeeding mothers and their health care providers will find the Nursing Mother's Herbal to be easy to understand, reliable information. Humphrey is able to translate technical lactation management issues as well as botanical medicine into an easy to understand lay-woman's language. She speakss in a non-judgemental, objective approach to all traditions of health care management. Sheila successfully normalizes the Lactation Specialists role in the health care team. The Nursing Mother's Herbal provides excellent, sound breastfeeding information.
I found the Plant Safety section (Appendix C) at the back of the book to be an easy to use chart for practically every herb under the sun. The Plant Safety Appendix is an excellent resource for health care workers who need to know herbal safety for mother and baby. The table rates herbs according to their toxicity, interactions, contraindications and adverse effects. The Safety ratings range from "A" which is an herb that is relatively safe to "E" an herb that is highly toxic. The Plant Safety section is based upon evidenced based information obtained from scientifically sound resources.
The majority of the herbs and herbal products information clearly dispels common myths and misconceptions often associated with dietary and herbal supplement use for breastfeeding mothers. I have found Humphrey to be evidenced based in topics of plant safety, interactions, etc. Sections pertaining to suggested dosages fall back onto the time honored recipes that women and midwives have found to be effective over the millenia.
There is a nice section on choline, essential fatty acids, and food allergies.
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Taking prescription drugs or herbs while breastfeeding can be risky unless moms have good information about how it may affect her breastmilk and her baby.
Fortunately, books like Thomas Hale's Medications and Mothers Milk (2004 edition now available), and The Nursing Mother's Herbal by Sheila Humphrey can help nursing moms navigate pharmaceutical and natural remedies while breastfeeding. Moms who don't know anything about herbs as well as moms who have used them to treat common ailments will find The Nursing Mother's Herbal helpful.
Unlike the technical Hale book, which deals with prescription drugs (most La Leche League chapters own and can offer information from this book to share with your health care provider), The Nursing Mother's Herbal is an easy-to-read book about breastfeeding, herbs and dietary supplements.
The book's conversational style is backed up by serious, solid research. Humphrey, an IBCLC-certified lactation consultant, has studied botany at the college level. She is also an ob-gyn nurse and La Leche League leader. Her information sources for the book include her husband, a PhD botanist specializing in the study of medicinal plant pharmacology and ethnobotany; a long list of herb experts, including Andrew Weil; and breastfeeding experts, including Dr. Jack Newman and members of La Leche League.
For new moms, The Nursing Mother's Herbal devotes the first three chapters entirely to breastfeeding. It is an excellent explanation of all the factors that play into a positive nursing experience for moms and babies. Humphrey explains why breastmilk is the superior infant food, then she explores where to find breastfeeding information and support. Finally, she offers a peek into the amazing nursing mother-baby dyad.
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