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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; 4 edition (September 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761151133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761151135
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Breast may be best, but it doesn't always come naturally. Your odds for success can be significantly increased by the practical advice in, and warm support of, this valuable book."
--Arlene Eisenberg and Heidi Eisenberg Murkoff, authors of What to Expect When You're Expecting

"A skillful blend of professional expertise and practical advice."
--Betty L. Crase, IBCLC, former Director of the Center
for Breastfeeding Information, La Leche League International --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Make the most of your nursing experience. Totally revised and updated, the Complete Book Of Breast Feeding provides everything you need to know to make nursing your baby a deeply rewarding part of your life. Written by Dr. Marvin Eiger, a nationally known pediatrician and breast feeding authority, and Sally Wendkos Olds, an award-winning medical writer who nursed her own three children, it contains the latest information: Diet and nutrition, what to do before the baby arrives, exercise and fitness: plus wardrobe and beauty tips, successful breast feeding for the working mother, sexuality during the nursing period, expressing milk--a complete step-by-step guide, how to enlist the support of your husband, family, friends, and other nursing mothers. Plus expert advice on post-partum depression, positioning the baby for nursing, night feedings, drugs to avoid while nursing, colicky babies, nursing the premature baby, nursing in public, weaning, special situations and more!

"Breast may be the best, but it doesn't always come naturally. Your odds for success can be significantly increased by the practical advice in, and warm support of, this valuable book."--Arleen Eisenberg and Heidi Eisenberg Murkoff, authors of What To Expect You're Expecting --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Pookie0115 on June 5, 2003
Format: Paperback
When I first saw this book, I wondered how a book on breastfeeding could be so lengthy. However, this guide covers more than just the benefits of breastfeeding and feeding techniques. It is a logically written and informative guide to breastfeeding and how it relates to all the relevant aspects of post-partum family life--including getting baby to sleep, using a breast pump, returning to work, and weaning. I especially appreciated the section on trouble-shooting strategies. I attended a breastfeeding class and found that the information in this book was consistent with the information related by the lactation consultant. I also noticed that it corresponded with the information related in the American Academy of Pediatrics' book on Baby's First Year. Don't think that this book is merely a repeat of all the other information you will learn, however. The book is useful because it relates everything you need to know chronologically and in very specific terms. It is also a great reference when you want to quickly look up something about breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding is a big commitment, so if you've decided (or are considering) that you would like to make it a part of your baby's (and your family's) life, I recommend reading this book at the end of pregnancy and keeping it handy for your post-partum reference.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Shaz on February 7, 2002
Format: Paperback
Breastfeeding is supposed to be "the most natural thing in the world". Be that as it may, it is considered one of the most difficult maneuvers to attempt for many women (myself included), leaving them feeling inadequate and failures as Moms (which they shouldn't). "The Complete Guide to Breastfeeding" gives us information that can help make breastfeeding less of an enigma. Topics covered are:
*Will you, or won't you breastfeed (and the benefits of breastfeeding)
*Diet: What you should eat and drink
*Exercise: How much, how soon
*Care for your breasts
*Getting Enough Rest
*Drugs and the nursing mother
*How frequently should you nurse your baby?
*Your mental health
*Is the baby getting enough milk?
*The working nursing mother
*The Father's importance regarding breastfeeding
*Getting support for yourself
*Treating sore nipples
*Special situations
This book isn't for everyone. As a book on breastfeeding, it obviously is biased in the "breast is best" mantra. So, if you know you're planning to bottle feed, there's no need to pick up this book. If you have tried everything and nothing seems to work for you, take solace in the fact that most of us 70's kids were bottle fed, and we're just fine! This book is merely a good tool for answering common complaints, questions and worries dealing with nursing.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Stacey L. Brownlee on June 26, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I bought every book I could find on this subject and found this one to have the most complete and helpful info. As added bonuses, it is compact and easy to hold while you have the baby with you (and fits nicely in your suitcase)and is a third of the price of other books.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 26, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A friend lent me this book when I was pregnant and, now that I've had my baby, I've found it useful as a source of information but was a bit surprised by the hardline stance it takes on breastfeeding. There is no gray area -- I really felt like this book told me "you're either a good mother who breastfeeds or you're a bad one who supplements breast milk with formula, or formula-feeds completely".
While the authors give lots of real-life stories, they're all sort of "breastfeeding my baby is all hearts and flowers and by the way, it also brought about world peace". I would have appreciated a few accounts of frustrated moms as well, to give a more realistic slant to the book. Breastfeeding isn't a fulfilling, physically pleasurable experience for all of us -- this book made me think I was somehow failing because it is just not too comfortable for me.
There were some assertions in the book that were completely false in my case (e.g. "your nipple will not look distorted after feeding" [mine sure did, and I know the latch was correct], "if you're having problems in the beginning, don't use nipple shields" [I had to at first and bf is still working out fine for me], "don't under any circumstances let the hospital give your baby water or formula" [my doctor recommended some water on day 3 to clear out my baby's digestive tract and it doesn't seem to have caused him any physical or psychological trauma or "nipple confusion").
Anyhow, prospective buyers (and moms who may be having problems with breastfeeding) out there -- just be aware that there is a gray area with breastfeeding as with everything else. In the end, do what feels right to you, not what Eiger and Olds tell you that you must or must not do.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By summerscorpio on January 7, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was looking for a good breastfeeding book since the first time around I didnt read a lot about it and quit breastfeeding at 7 weeks. ... It's small in size, and cheap for the unvaluable information it provides. It provides tons of information from the history of breastfeeding, societal views on the issue, biology and anatomy of the breast and milk production, benefits to you and for your baby, comparisons between cow's and human milk, and the information is backed by research done all over the world. I was looking for a book that would not send judgemental messages to women who will prefer to bottle feed instead of breastfeed, and this is it. I didnt want to read something written by militant authors, and this is it.
I want to breastfeed longer this time around, therefore I am reading as much as I can on the subject (especially on topics such as how to solve breastfeeding problems), and this book so far has motivated me to start on the right track, and hopefully end on the right track.
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