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The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers : The Most Comprehensive Problem-Solution Guide to Breastfeeding from the Foremost Expert in North America Paperback – August 10, 2000

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There's a huge difference between "natural" and "easy"--just ask a woman who chose natural childbirth! Breastfeeding is certainly the most natural option for feeding your little one, and repeated studies have shown its nutritive value. But that doesn't make it easy, and not all medical practitioners are trained to answer questions about the process. In The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers, authors Jack Newman and Teresa Pitman have assembled a mass of real-life stories from their clinical experience, and with their straightforward, helpful advice, you'll be breastfeeding successfully in no time.

Divided into three main sections, the book provides new information about why breastfeeding really is the healthiest option and where you can find good, hands-on help locally. Later chapters deal with feeding-related issues like sleeping patterns, babysitters, and when to wean your baby--the authors strongly believe in long-term (through toddlerhood) breastfeeding, a slightly different approach than many working moms may prefer. The majority of the book falls under the section "Common Problems and Solutions," and this is where to turn for advice on everything from breast refusal to slow weight gain. Special topics like illness or medication in mom's system are dealt with in detail, as are sore breasts, colic, and premature or low-weight babies. The chapter covering unusual situations, such as breast surgery and adoption, emphasizes the possibilities rather than the difficulties, and offers advice on the use of hormones and finding a breast-milk bank. Ending with four pages of resources on everything from Web sites to hospitals, you'll find the answers you've been looking for in this unique guide. --Jill Lightner


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony (August 10, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761529969
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761529965
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When I was having problems getting started breastfeeding, I looked everywhere on the net for information that could help me. I came across Dr. Jack Newmann's webpages (was impressed)and then saw his book in the store. It has been the most helpful book I could have purchased! His information is totally up to date and backed up with studies. He dispels many common myths (i.e. breastfed babies require extra water when the weather is hot, you cannot breast feed while taking many common medications...)about breastfeeding. The information is very well layed out and easy to find. It really opened my eyes to the unsung values of breastfeeding (and the dangers of not). I highly recommend this book to mothers, educators and even doctors! (FYI this book goes under the name "Dr. Jack Newmann's Guide to Breastfeeding" in Canada - it is the exact same book.)
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I thought I had read plenty of breastfeeding books by now, but for some reason when browsing the bookstore for another topic, I picked up this book and started leafing through it -- no doubt because of the rather arrogant title.
I found it was everything it promised to be. I learned a lot about latching, medications, and came up with ideas for the sore nipples I was resigned to before I even brought the book home. If I were to start again, I'd buy this book and the Sears Breastfeeding book, and skip the others. Both are excellent references for problems you don't think you'll have until you're at your wit's end on a Saturday evening when there's no one to call.
Dr. Newman seems to have a lot of practical experience with breastfeeding problems and presents many case examples along with good general instructions for solving problems.
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As someone who has had trouble breastfeeding, I highly recommend this book - more than a quick reference, this is an in-depth problem solver for women who have the slightest worry that there is a problem with their breastfeeding relationship. Because of the lack of breastfeeding info in many hospitals and doctors' offices, and the lack of baby-knowledge in general in our culture, it is such a relief to just get answers. The book is divided into three sections - the first is a primer on breastfeeding - benifits, proper positioning, good and bad "advice" and how to deal with it, and the tactics used by formula companies to undermine breastfeeding. The second section deals with common problems and solutions, and the third deals with special situations like introducing solids, weaning, nursing toddlers, sleep, seperation, and troubleshooting. I'd give this one out as a baby gift , and leave copies of it in hospital waiting rooms and NICU nurses lounges:).
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I bought three books on breastfeeding--the Womanly Art, the Breastfeeding Mother's Comanion and this one. Although the first two books are informative and may be excellent if yo have few problems I recommend this book if your situation is a bit unusual. This book that made me persevere through latch problems, impatient baby and late onset of milk. Without it, I would have given up after pumping for three weeks producing absolutely nothing (my milk didn't come in until my baby was a month old) and later would not have tried to put my baby to the breast, assuming it wouldn't be possible to teach her latch on after taking in so many bottles. This book gave me the knowledge that my problems are not unique and that most important, they can be solved. Thanks to this book, I kept on trying and trying and now, despite a rocky start, my four month old is feeding happily at the breast hopefully for many more months to come. Books cannot really teach you to breastfeed, but they can motivate you and empower you to look for solutions and that's what this book did for me. I wholeheartedly recommend it.
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Dr. Newman has great advice for breastfeeding issues Newman's position is to teach and inform you, and dispell cultural myths, and mis-information. He wants to help women to be successful in spite of the poor inform out there. He shows formula company advertising and helps readers understand the advertising techniques used to sway parents. I reccomend getting breastfeeding info from a source such as his and nothing printed by say, Mead Johnson. (The booklet they publish is inferior at best.) They do not have your best interests at heart, honest... "Never accept a parachute from someone who has a vested interest in your hitting the ground." Author unknown
I have against the odds taught my 8 week old (38 weeks gestation now) once tube fed, once bottle fed 29 weeker preemie, to breastfeed full time after pumping for 8 weeks. Newman's book outlines how things must be done to be successful, read it before your baby comes if you can. I agree with his do's and don'ts. He is a master at what he does.
If you are having breastfeeding problems, get help immediately, don't turn to those little bottles of formula and ready to use nipples that the formula companies send. The formula companies are there at 2 am with there products to help you fail. They'll hold your hand right into your pocket book, and most importantly rob your baby of the most superior brain food there is. Breast milk is a living thing that can't be duplicated in a lab. You must read Newman's book. Formula companies can't build brain tissue like your milk can, though they'd like you to think they can. Breast is best! Good luck to you, and if you are struggling, get help quickly. Call your hospital and go see the lactation consultant, or call the LeLeche league. You can succeed, I did against all odds with help from a lact.
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