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The Complete Book of Breastfeeding, 4th edition: The Classic Guide Paperback – September 2, 2010
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--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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
*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
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I learned so much from this book! Taking a class at our local hospital too, but I feel I am more ready than ever after reading this book. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Meredith E.
A must read for any first time mother.
I am so happy that The Complete Book of Breastfeeding: Revised Edition was recommended to me. Read more
Great book. This was recommended to my wife by my mother because she read it almost 30 years ago. Of course experience is the best teacher but the book does have some great... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Curtis A Harris
I will give this book as a gift to every pregnant woman I know! I read this book and then took a breastfeeding class and spoke with four lactation consultants and I swear I could... Read morePublished 9 months ago by 1smartmommy
Recommended by my pediatrician 19 years ago. I read other books and numerous websites, but this book suits me the best. I've picked it up for a refresher with all of my children.Published 9 months ago by Happy Happy
If you consider yourself "clueless" about breastfeeding, this book will give you a very educational, almost scientific and dry approach to it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is very explanatory. It goes over many things, such as feeding multiples and problems that can occur. Read morePublished 12 months ago by CBRN
Great book! Very informational. Still reading but so far about half way through the book and have learned quite a bit and find it rather easy to read.Published 13 months ago by GinaRenee
Can find all of this information on line. Not worth the money.Published 15 months ago by Scott Briggs