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Martin, an award-winning journalist (and a mother), and Krebs, a pediatrician who specializes in nutrition (and a mother), have come together to create a pragmatic breastfeeding guide. Its format is question-and-answer, and its organization is alphabetic. Thus, if you wonder whether it is advisable to nurse when you have the flu, you!ll find the answer under Flu, Breastfeeding When You Have. Based on questions that were asked on the lactation consultant hotline at the Children!s Hospital of Denver, this book addresses common issues of new mothers (e.g., latching on, sore nipples, night feedings) as well as less common situations, such as breastfeeding babies with special needs. The scope of the Q&A is wide, providing a wealth of detailed information from a modern-day perspective (e.g., see the section on Pierced Nipple ). Highly recommended for consumer health collections and for nursing mothers as a ready-reference tool."Linda M.G. Katz, Florence A. Moore Lib. of Medicine, MCP Hahnemann Univ., Philadelphia
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Claire Martin is a staff writer at the Denver Post. Her writing has won national and regional awards, and has appeared in publications such as the St. Petersburg Times, Good Housekeeping, and Sunset magazine. She lives in Denver with her husband and her two daughters, both of whom were breastfed.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; 1 edition (July 18, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684857847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684857848
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,464,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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57 of 64 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 16, 2002
Format: Paperback
While I liked some things, including nice information on breastfeeding in public, I found this book negative and full of assertions not supported by research. She is obsessed with food sensitivities, covering them in 14 sections and attributing every whimper to something mom ate. Research does not support her theories!
Other suggestions are not supported by research, including drinking more water to boost supply. (It can have the opposite effect if you drink too much -- such as Martin's crazy recommendations to drink 8 to 10 ounces per hour.) On p. 277 she lists among ways you can tell if baby is getting enough milk that stools have an odor more sweet than foul. Once baby is eating solids, they'll always be foul. Here she tells the mother to drink 8 ounces of water every two hours(inconsistent with previous recommendation) to increase supply. These are not the standard evidence-based suggestions for improving supply.
On page 96, she tells a mother with cracked, bleeding nipples to circle the six-week date (when she can stop breastfeeding, according to Martin) on her calendar. She describes the pain as normal; while some degree of discomfort may be (research is not conclusive on this), cracked and bleeding nipples are not. In fact, on page 186, she herself says that pain during breastfeeding is not normal. Why all the inconsistencies?
Under "Milk: Low Supply," you're making enough milk if baby producing 8 to 12 wet and poopy diapers in 24 hours. She later says that baby must poop at least four times a day. Evidence-based guidelines are two to five poopy diapers per day in the first six weeks (after which some babies poop less frequently), and 6-8 wet cloth diapers or 5-6 wet disposables.
The section on traveling by air, p. 292-293, is bizarre.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Bendrick-Peart on September 18, 2000
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Finally a book about nursing that doesn't waste time congratulating you on making the choice to nurse, but rather spends the time focusing on real questions and problems that face nursing moms! I found the book incredibly helpful even as a practiced nursing mom and wished that I had had it available when not-so-practiced. The format is easy to follow, and the content clear, concise, and REAL. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that is even considering nursing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jean Kirshner on August 16, 2000
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As a third-time nursing mom I found this book to be invaluable. Its format was logical and easy to use. The research was more extensive than any other book I have read on nursing. It answered pressing questions immediately and fully. Finally I enjoyed its humor and the light approach to common challenges! Jean Kirshner
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lady Xanthe on June 12, 2002
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This is my favorite breastfeeding book. While the others I have are good, too, they have a lot of prose and spend pages on a topic. This one gives me the answers NOW.
For example, I prepared to nurse my son one day and started leaking green milk! I was afraid to nurse him, unsure of whether he should drink it. Baby was crying by this point and I wanted the answer now. I looked in the other books and found no help. I looked in the index of this one and voila! Green milk is in there. One paragraph of reading told me that he could drink it and I was on my way. Crying stopped, crisis overcome. I love this book!
It is arranged by topic, alphabetically. So you can look up colic under "c", green milk under "g", etc. And the topics are in plain english. Very nice. It is also cross-referenced, so if one short paragraph doesn't quite solve your problem, perhaps a related topic will.
There are other books (must get "The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book...") that are nice to read in your third trimester, but this is the one to have in your bag when you go to the hospital and to keep by your rocker-glider when you get home. It really is worth every dime.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Ratliff on December 11, 2000
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I sent this book to a friend who was expecting her first baby. Her email to me follows: "That book on breast feeding was been the most valuable item in the house since we got home from the hospital the second time - it has been SO helpful! Thank you very much for sending it....I had no idea how much I was going to need it. I foolishly thought that breast feeding would be like "falling off a log," but I now know better. Wanted to let you know that your gift is getting a LOT of use, and saving us many calls to the doctor's office. It is so great to have questions answered right away, especially in the middle of the night."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Angela D. Vincent on July 6, 2002
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Even after 18 months of nursing this book is still always within my reach. This is not a piece of "breastfeeding propaganda". The author makes no judgements and offers few opinions- she bases her material thoroughly in fact. Even though I nursed my first child, this book has proved invaluable with my second. It has seen me through early latch-on problems, colic, returning to work, pumping and storing, air travel, and countless other issues faced by breastfeeding moms. The quick-reference format is a perfect way to present the information. I wish I could give this book to every new mother.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "mrsmonchichi" on July 14, 2000
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Most breastfeeding moms would benefit from this book, and as someone with a strong instinct to breastfeed, but supply issues, I found it helpful for the most part. As a quick reference it was pretty good - most of the FAQ'were answered. I'm glad to have it.
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