- Paperback: 169 pages
- Publisher: Hale Publishing; 1st edition (November 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0982337957
- ISBN-13: 978-0982337950
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #660,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Balancing Breast & Bottle: Reaching Your Breastfeeding Goals 1st Edition
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Every time my baby tried to drink from this bottle, she seemed to choke on the milk. So I thought the problem was that the flow was too fast (even though we were using a slow flow nipple). I had read a review of this book that mentioned that the different slow flow nipples are ranked in an appendix according to speed of flow, and that was why I decided to buy the book. I was hoping to find a different nipple with a slower flow that I could try.
After receiving the book and flipping to the appropriate appendix, I was dismayed to discover that the bottle I was using was already one of the slowest flow bottles available. Even the Dr. Brown preemie nipples weren't any slower! I worried that my baby just couldn't handle a bottle and that there would be nothing I could do. However, after reading through the chapters in the book about how to choose the correct nipple, I discovered that the problem wasn't the flow of milk after all. Rather, my baby wasn't latching on correctly to the nipple we had. I read through all of the book's tips and observed my baby's latch during breastfeeding, and i realized that a different nipple shape would likely solve the problem. So I went to the store and bought a different bottle, and sure enough, my baby latched on to the new nipple without issue and became an instant bottle-feeding champ!
I cannot recommend this book highly enough, and I will be gifting it to all future moms I know who plan to breast and bottle feed!
Amy Peterson, BS, IBCLC and Mindy Harmer, MA, CCC-SLP have written an excellent guide for parents and professionals alike. This book it is a quick read, and mothers can flip to the chapter they need for specific information, although reading it from front to back makes more sense as it does flow nicely from one topic to the next. The book covers the benefits of breastfeeding and breastmilk, basics of breastfeeding, how to choose a breast pump, hwo to choose bottles and nipples using their SIMPLE method, how to troubleshoot bottle refusal, how to work with childcare providers who are not familiar with breastfed babies and finally how to store and use pumped breastmilk. The authors are clearly on the side of breastfeeding with numerous references to breastfeeding as the norm and preferred mode of feeding, and breastmilk as being far superior to artificial baby milk (formula). However they do understand the need for the use of bottles to preserve breastfeeing in some cases and want mothers to find what works for their situation. Professionals will find that the book is evidence-based, and chock-full of studies and research backing up their information. The book has many photographs and appendices that are very useful as well.
As an IBCLC in private practice and the Author and Founder of Breastfeeding in Combat Boots ([...]), I work primarily with military mothers who by the very nature of their job must be separated from their babies regularly, and need accurate and clear information about how to use bottles while still preserving and reaching their breastfeeding goals. I have found this book is a blessing to my practice and is already finding use in my office as I work with my clients. I wish I had this book when I was breastfeeding my son on active duty and struggling with finding a bottle he would take, and a childcare provider that wasted my precious breastmilk! I will be referring my clients to this book (and the companion website) from now on. This is a very needed resource for both the lactation community and mothers and I thank the authors for writing such a useful book!