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The Nursing Mother's Companion - 7th Edition: The Breastfeeding Book Mothers Trust, from Pregnancy through Weaning Paperback – April 14, 2015
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I bought this book when I was 7 months pregnant and read it all the way through at that time. I felt confident that I understood the science behind breastfeeding but knew that I wouldn't fully grasp the concept until my little one arrived and we were working on mastering breastfeeding together. I browsed the early parts of the book again (mainly the trouble shooting sections of the first days/weeks of breastfeeding) about a week before I gave birth. I took this book to the hospital with me when it was time to meet my baby. I honestly didn't reference it once while I was there, but it was nice to have just in case! The hospital I delivered at has amazing lactation consultants, so I didn't necessarily need the book then but the lactation consultants were impressed by the amount of knowledge I knew/was applying to feeding. It was useful to have already read this book and have some background knowledge on the subject. If your hospital doesn't have LCs, I would definitely recommend taking it with you! Since we have been home from the hospital, and am on my own with mastering feeding, I have used this book many times! As a first time mom I as overly concered with if my baby was getting enough to eat. After relooking at this book, I felt confident she was. I had trouble with engorgement for a few days after my milk came in and successfully navigated through that with the help of this book. I also broke out in hives before my daughter was two weeks old and the drug interaction appendix was extremely helpful when it came to figuring out how I would treat them without affecting baby. Now I'm using it to make sure I am building my supply up (ie storing correctly)before returning to work and will continue to use it as a resource as I navigate back into my work role.
If you are serious about breastfeeding buy this book!
I completely trust in it for questions I have about what medications will affect my breast milk, and for pumping, and things of that nature. Recommended as your Go-To for breast feeding mothers, absolutely.
I totally recommend it to have a great understanding on your baby first weeks. Also to keep it as a reference when having questions related to the topic.