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The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers: The Most Comprehensive Problem-Solving Guide to Breastfeeding from the Foremost Expert in North America, Revised & Updated Edition Paperback – November 28, 2006

4.2 out of 5 stars 67 customer reviews

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“Everything you wanted to know about breastfeeding . . . Filled with current research, it’s still an easy, fun read that makes breastfeeding seem absolutely doable.” —Lamaze International

About the Author

Jack Newman, M.D., the leading researcher in the field of breastfeeding, is a popular speaker at breastfeeding conferences across North America. A father of three, he lives in Toronto.

Teresa Pitman is the author or coauthor of nine other books on parenting. She is a mother of four and lives in Ontario.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: Baby and up
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; Rev. edition (November 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307345580
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307345585
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Leaf on December 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
Yes, this book is strongly worded and can be viewed as being "judgmental", but it is FULL of information. Dr. Newman is just a VERY strong advocate of breastfeeding. All of the research is out there: formula just can't, and never will, come close to resembling breast milk or providing the benefits that breast milk does. He doesn't sugar coat things. If you want a book that makes breastfeeding sound like a choice, or will make you feel good about not trying to breastfeed or giving up easily, this book won't be it.

But, if you want a book that 100% supports your decision to breastfeed, and is reassuring that you can overcome the hurdles, this book is it. Despite most literature agreeing that breastfeeding is better than formula, there is still a lot of information that isn't presented about WHY - the real details. This book made it clear why formula isn't even close to being as good as breast milk, which I really didn't understand before, I just accepted it.

There are some women that breastfeeding doesn't work for. I am completely sympathetic and supportive. Some medical conditions and some mental conditions make it nearly impossible. To those moms, I support you 100%. You have had to make a difficult decision. Rest easy knowing you have done everything you can.

The big thing this book helped me with was the decision to breastfeed despite the fact that I am on antidepressants. I am bipolar, and I suffer predominantly from severe depression. I am at high risk of postpartum depression, so I was terrified to go off my meds, but I really wanted to breastfeed. This book was so reassuring that the amount of medication the baby gets is negligible.
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This book is absolutely the best resource I have seen on the subject of breastfeeding. Dr. Newman offers a vast array of information from basic how-to and troubleshooting to social issues and lactivism. He even calls out big pharma on their UN-baby-friendly marketing techniques. All babies deserve to be breastfed and all women deserve to be supported in fulfilling that need. Newman provides enough info to make breastfeeding practical. This book gives woman a break (you don't have to be a virginal saint to breastfeed) and dispells hundreds of myths and misinformation that keep many woman from breastfeeding or continuing to breastfeed. Highly recommended.
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I own the previous version of this book and I found that it covered the basics of breastfeeding pretty well. However, I took a 2-hour breastfeeding class at my hospital that covered most of the same information. I was well-educated on breastfeeding when my son was born and I knew what to do, but he didn't. At first I interpreted his crying and head wagging as him not wanting to eat but weeks later I figured out that he was just so excited about eating that he couldn't calm himself down enough to do it. Anyway, he did not breastfeed for the first 10 days (I pumped and we used bottles) and then I was finally able to get him to latch on with a nipple shield. When he was 2 1/2 months old he started nursing without the nipple shield. Getting him to breasfeed "normally" was a long and difficult process and not something that was addressed in this book. Nor was it addressed in a Jack Newman DVD that my doula loaned to me.

This book is probably a decent resource for moms who aren't quite sure what to do but who have babies that will latch on. However, for moms who know what to do but who have babies that won't latch on, this book won't help.
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When my husband and I found out that my friend was expecting her first child around the same time I was expecting my second, the first thing my husband suggested was getting her "that book by the 'crazy canadian.'" Five years ago, when we had our first child, we experienced many, many breastfeeding challenges, and this is the book that got us through. My problem was breasts that were just way too big and back in late 2007, early 2008, NO breastfeeding books or resources dealt with the specific challenges of being a very large-breasted nursing mother. In fact, most of the nursing advice I got from other places, including lactation consultants, was impossible to follow. I could not bring my large baby to my breast because at 9+ pounds she was too big for me to negotiate easily with one hand and I couldn't even hope to get my nipple in her mouth without holding my other breast up (they didn't have breast propping pillows in those days, no sirree). Even if I did get her on, my breast would pull painfully out of her mouth unless I continued to hold it up. The books, the nurses in the hospital and the lactation consultants all told me that the only way to get a good latch was to have my entire areola in the baby's mouth, but that was actually physically impossible for me. I had big boobs that just about suffocated her every time I tried to nurse with big nipples that never seemed to pop into her mouth well. (For reference, I settled into a 42G AFTER engorgement finished...I don't even want to know how big I was in the hospital. There, I was so swollen by fluids after an emergency c-section that I couldn't even get my feet into my shoes to go home. I had to wear sandals in December with the buckles let all the way out.Read more ›
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