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The Complete Book of Breastfeeding, 4th edition: The Classic Guide Paperback – September 2, 2010
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With over one and a half million trade and mass-market paperback copies in print, The Complete Book of Breastfeeding is one of the recognized classics in its field. Now it has been completely revised and updated, and dovetails perfectly with the recent major policy statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months and continued nursing for at least one year and as long thereafter as mother and child desire.
In addition to incorporating the new AAP guidelines throughout the book, the Third Edition draws on the very latest research from prominent scholars and practitioners in the field. It presents new information on how breastfeeding offers protection against various diseases for both child and mother; new discussion of the positive impact of breastfeeding on a child's cognitive development; a greatly expanded section on available support systems and their importance; guidelines to help a mother-to-be choose a hospital or birthing center with breastfeeding-positive policies; and a new section on signs of baby's adequate milk intake, with charts. Plus new and expanded sections on nutrition for lactating mothers, the mother's social life, the role of the father, the nursing working mother, how to express, store, and offer breast milk, and how to wean your child. This is the warm, accessible, and authoritative guide for every new mother.
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Bottom line: if you are a nursing mother who likes to read and you want a breastfeeding resource for your library, go ahead and buy this book. I don't think you will regret it. It is well-written and has been recently updated. You just need to realize that for some issues, you'll get better info elsewhere.
The Complete Book of Breastfeeding offered all the support that I couldn't get from others. It even has a chapter for the father of the baby, so that he can better understand your decision to breastfeed, and what he can do to help you and how he can bond w/ baby.
This book also offers advice on how to handle those who tell you that a mother's milk is not sufficient for providing enough nutrition for your baby.
With help from this book, I was able to learn how to build up my milk supply and keep it up after going back to work. It also gave me the nerve to talk w/ my boss about breastfeeding issues and ask for permission to take a longer bathroom break then usual in order to pump milk for my baby for the next day.
There is an excellent section in here that tells you when it's safe to nurse if you're sick, and what medications are OK to take while nursing.
If you are determined to nurse your baby, to continue breastfeeding after returning to work, or just need information while you're nursing, this book is an excellent choice in helping you prepare for every situation that arrives.