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ISBN-13: 978-1558327207 ISBN-10: 1558327207 Edition: 6th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Common Press; 6th edition (April 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558327207
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558327207
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kathleen Huggins, R.N., M.S., is the author of the million-plus-copy-selling The Nursing Mother’s Companion and co-author of The Nursing Mother’s Guide to Weaning. A registered nurse, certified lactation consultant, and early childcare expert, Kathleen has over 25 years of experience working with pregnant women, new moms, and newborns. She is the owner of the maternity shop Simply Mama in San Luis Obispo, California.


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This book has really great information about breastfeeding.
Allison
In returning to work, I read the sections on pumping and storing milk, and breast pumps.
Gagewyn
I would highly recommend this book to any expecting mother.
R. Brown

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By L. J. Haynes on December 28, 2010
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I got this book when my baby was about 6 weeks old. I wish I had had it while I was pregnant. The breastfeeding references recommended to me spent too much time preaching that one should breastfeed. I needed much less WHY since I had already determined that I would do it and much more of the HOW. This book gives the HOW in clear, straightforward language. If you run into any problems, this book gives you the steps to work through them. It also has up-to-date reviews of products like pumps.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By JenV on December 21, 2010
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I ordered this book because it was so highly recommended in our breastfeeding and childbirth preparation classes, but was not exactly thrilled to have yet another breastfeeding book to read. However, it turned out to be a very good purchase, and I would definitely recommend this book to any soon to be or new to breastfeeding parents.

Overall, I was very pleased with this purchase. This book contains lots of helpful information for the preparation of a new baby as well as understanding breastfeeding and all that it will entail. As a first time mom, I found this book very helpful in preparing me mentally for the job of breastfeeding as well as helping me understand all of the benefits that will come along with that for myself and my baby. I also think that it provides lots of helpful information for overcoming common obstacles and problem solutions. The format it is written in, is very easy to follow and very organized, yet still simple.

It provides important medical information in a way that is easy to read and understand without being too cumbersome. It also helps new parents understand what is normal, and what is cause for concern. I would recommend this book to any new parents or any parents that want a good reference manual written by the leading breastfeeding experts in the country.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bitethebat on March 29, 2011
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This was the fourth breastfeeding book that I bought, and I found this one to be the most helpful. I didn't feel that this book judged me, but instead told me the facts and let the decision making about how long/often/etc. I was going to breastfeed up to me. It didn't get into philosophy too much at all, which was great because I didn't really need to know the WHY of breastfeeding by the time I started -- just the HOW. As another reviewer aptly said, "clear and concise." There is a list of drugs in the back that was helpful to consult -- like whether I could take certain allergy medicines, headache medicines, etc., though of course it's always best to consult your doctor.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lady Lauer on November 14, 2011
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My OBGYN recommended this book to me when I told her I was going to breastfeed. The book is very informational and gave my a lot of confidence when I started breastfeeding. It is an easy read and I would recommend reading it prior to delivering your baby so that you know what to expect before you start breastfeeding. I read most of it prior to delivery and brought it to the hospital with me as a resource. My lactation consultant was impressed by my lack of frustration when I began feeding my daughter. Breastfeeding is all about confidence and this book will definitely give that to you. It provides a lot of information and great tips for various issues you can encounter when breastfeeding.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JR on August 20, 2011
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As a first-time mom, I got this book to help with understanding life with my new baby and breastfeeding fundamentals. This book was an incredible companion as I struggled with those first few weeks and months, and I highly recommend it for anyone considering breastfeeding their baby. Make sure you get the book before baby comes though - I didn't have it until 3 weeks post partum, and I think it might have made life much easier from the beginning if I read it before my baby was born.

It's easy to read, and full of relevant information - a must-have for the new mom's bookshelf!
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Morro Kid on February 10, 2011
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The information is this book is complete and concise. Any question my wife and I could think of was in the book. The most valuable section of the book is by far the drug interactions section. Almost all over the counter and prescription drugs can be looked up to see the affects they will have on your baby as well as how much of the drug will be passed to your baby through the breast milk.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Page on March 7, 2012
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This is a great book for new mothers because it takes you from day 1 through the entire time you will be nursing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kitty Brandon on May 2, 2011
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This book was a good read. Although I bought this before I gave birth and my baby is now 11 weeks old, I am still not done with it. However, I recommend that first time mothers read the beginning of this book as a source of information prior to giving birth as it is harder to read when baby arrives. One great tip...if you are pumping, pump in the morning when your breasts are fuller compared to the afternoon! Although friends are great sources of information, they do not tell you everything about nursing and nursing complications.
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