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Bestfeeding: How to Breastfeed Your Baby Paperback – June 30, 2004

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Beautiful to look at and easy to read, BESTFEEDING reaffirms the joy and ease of breastfeeding when a mother has access to both information and ongoing support. A positive and helpful book. -Marian Tompson, cofounder, La Leche League International"Among the myriad 'how-to'¬? books on breastfeeding, BESTFEEDING delivers an immensely practical guide to successful nursing. This valuable reference will enable mothers to avoid problems and enjoy their experience."-Jane Morton, M.D., Stanford University Medical Center"BESTFEEDING is a virtual treasury of the collective wisdom on breastfeeding, and it is now my first choice for parents." -Marshall Klaus, M.D., author of The Doula Book

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* An illustrated guide to the basics of breastfeeding your baby, with more than 100 photos.

* Topics include the benefits of breastfeeding for both you and your baby; posture and positions; medical and dietary concerns; and causes and solutions to numerous breastfeeding problems.

* Revised and thoroughly updated with new information on feeding multiple babies and adopted babies, and a discussion of the emotional rewards of breastfeeding.

* The first two editions have sold more than 120,000 copies.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Celestial Arts; 0003-Revised edition (June 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587611953
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587611957
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is wonderful because it doesn't just tell you how to breastfeed, it SHOWS you! More pictures, and better pictures, than any other breastfeeding book I've seen.
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I got this book because of the problems (lack of educated help) I encountered trying to breastfeed my daughter. I ended up formula feeding her before I left the hospital, feeling totally depressed and feeling like I really missed out on something special. When I found out I was pregnant again, I decided that I WILL breastfeed this baby (due in September). But, I also knew that I was going to need more help than I got the first time around to make this successful.
After reading about the first 10 pages or so of this book, I was able to identify why I was having such difficulty nursing my daughter. (Which made me mad all over again about the whole experience. If I had had a person that could have truly observed me and my daughter, they would have been able to show me exactly what I was doing wrong.) If I had had this book the first time around, I feel I would have continued to nurse my daughter successfully for many months to come. This next nursing experience, I believe, will be totally different and I'm looking forward to it!
The text and tons of actual photos in the book are a little "old," I think. But if you think about it, what has changed in breastfeeding in thousands of years, right? Everything you need to know about getting yours and your baby's position right for the perfect latch is in this book! I couldn't ask for a better book to teach someone the basics of nursing. It certainly has taught me a ton and I truely thought I was well prepared the first time.
The only thing this book doesn't really cover much is the problems that can arise while nursing. But I got "The Nursing Mother's Problem Solver" by Claire Martin to cover that!
I will recommend this book to every mother wanting to have a great breastfeeding experience!
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For anyone who is expecting a child, this is the best resource I've found for information on breastfeeding. Every problem I experienced was covered here, with lots of reassurance and encouragement to keep me going during those night feedings!
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I knew that I was going to breastfeed my 1st baby, no matter what anyone told me, and my midwife recommended this book to me. I think I read it 3 times in total. it is absolutely excellent, the author reviews key points throughout, so when you are done, you have a very firm grasp on how to be successful at breastfeeding, as well as giving lots of troubleshooting ideas. The pictures are excellent. Overall an A+ !!
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A friend and veteran mama gave this book to me shortly before my daughter was born. It is a concise but just detailed enough guide to breastfeeding. What sets this book apart from other books on the subject is that it is full of pictures and diagrams that make the mechanics of breastfeeding much easier to grasp. Moreover, it offers multicultural perspectives on breastfeeding that, I imagine, make this book more accessible to moms from a range of racial/ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Like so many moms and newborns, my girl and I got off to a rocky start...agonizing engorgement, cracked and bleeding nipples...you get the idea. The photographs and illustrations in this book helped me notice and correct my daughter's improper latch.

As a final word, no book can solve serious breastfeeding problems. It is best to meet with a lactation consultant if you are having difficulty, and use books like Bestfeeding for smaller problems along the way.
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Excellent! Shows a new breastfeeding mother how to position a newborn properly. Many books do a better job of explaining subjects like why breastfeed, weening, and introducing solids (like the LaLeche Bible (oops I mean manual)), but this book has pictures of how to position that little one. Breastfeeding is natural, but there are some things to do right to make the experience positive and to increase the chance of a longer nursing relationship. This book will get you, baby (and dad) off to a great start.
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Bestfeeding is an excellent book for new mothers wanting to breastfeed. Besides covering breastfeeding "basics", Bestfeeding also deals with many of the difficulties than can arise. Perhaps its best feature are the clear pictures depicting both good and the less-than-perfect positionings of babies on the breast--very helpful for the inexperienced breastfeeding mom. Most other books only give line drawings of a proper attachment. This book shows the reader examples of poor positioning and then explains what is wrong with the picture. If a new mother is going to buy one book on breastfeeding before she has her baby, this is the one I recommend.
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This book was my lifesaver. I consulted this book when I had problems after my son was born, and found the answers I needed. I devoured it before my son was born, and this, along with detailed advice from a lactation consultant(who was thrilled I had bought this book) and the nurses in the maternity ward was what I needed to get me on the right start. My son was exclusively breastfed for five months and still nurses happily at sixteen months. This is a wonderful reference for the breastfeeding family.
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