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Eileen Behan is a member of the American Dietetic Association, a registered dietitian, and the mother of two. This is her fifth book about nutrition and family. She has written for "Newsweek, Parents" magazine, "The Washington Post, " and "Tufts University Diet and Nutrition Letter." She holds a degree in home economics from River College in Nashua, New Hampshire, and completed a traineeship in nutrition at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. She has worked for the Harvard School of Public Health and the Veterans Administration, and for five years her show "Food for Talk" aired on Boston public radio. Ms. Behan currently works as a nutrition consultant, helping families to improve health through diet. She lives with her family in New Hampshire.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; REP REV UP edition (March 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345492595
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345492593
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lainie Guerra Hardman on January 16, 2003
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Cut to the chase, I lost 71 pounds after having my baby, 31 was baby weight and 39 was additional weight. Did this book do that? Not entirely of itself but it was a huge influence on me.
I was disappointed when I first read it because I was expecting a diet. A real diet with strict limitations and tricks. This was very similar to the nutritional guide I received from the hospital. I had changed my eating habits during preganancy to be more healthy. I did not consider it to be a life change.
This book encourages you to eat, eat, eat, and I did. If you are breastfeeding you cannot diet!!! I can't emphisize that enough. You must meet your nutritional requirements to make good milk. I actually did not eat enough and suffered temporary hair loss, skin discoloration and fatigue when I strayed from the eating plans in the book. When I got back on track my hair grew back and I wasn't so tired anymore.
Ok, basically, I was not deprived. This is not a deprivation diet. Your baby will get all necessary nutrients in the breast milk. If you want any for yourself you have to eat. You also have to get out and walk about 20 min 4 times a week as well. Moderate excecise and the eating plans in this book helped me to lose the weight.
This is not a gimmick diet but a real nutritional guide to healthy eating. It is also extremely informative in all subjects relating to breastfeeding. I definitely reccommend it.
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I was thrilled to find a book that addresses the needs of breastfeeding mothers who are interested in losing weight. Althought I breastfed my first daughter I did not experience the weightloss I anticipated. With our second daughter I wanted to find out what I could do to lose weight safely yet not compromise the health of the baby. This book describes a gentle weight loss plan. Instead of a diet, I'd call it a way eating for life. I have learned the value of nutrition and am enjoying foods I never thought I'd be eating. The recipes are very helpful and easy to prepare. A must for busy moms. I now weigh 6 lbs less than I did when I got pregnant with my first daughter three years ago. Thank you Eileen!
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What an easy book to read--I read it in one day!! The focus of the book is about breast feeding successfully and healthfully. Weightloss is just a benefit of following the well balanced meal plans outlined. She focuses on caring for your body and your baby and does not include guilt in any way. She encourages very slow healthy weight loss and gives you the tools to achieve success.
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This book has been very helpful for me to lose weight while breastfeeding. I had always been a petite 120 lb. woman until I got pregnant, and gained 43 lbs. I lost 17 lbs. the first month of breastfeeding after my son was born, but then I gained back 12 lbs. I was very frustrated because I have always been fit and healthy. I had been under the false pretense that I could now eat whatever I wanted and still lose weight while breastfeeding. Unfortunately this was not the case for me.
So, when I discovered this book about eating well and losing weight while breastfeeding I thought I would give it a chance. The thing I love most about this book is that it makes it easy to customize a healthy diet for your individual goals. It gives you a healthy weight range for all shapes and sizes of women. There are so many diets out there that lump everyone into the same category and just say how many calories to eat, or to cut out fat, or to cut out carbs. This book explains how to eat the correct number of calories for your individual body size without cutting out fat or carbs (but rather eating everything in moderation).
I also love the recipes! They are healthy and tasty. Imagine that. Quite contrary to the philosophy that if it tastes good, spit it out.
I recommend this book to anyone who really wants to make a life change and get back on track to a healthy weight while making sure to eat all of the healthy nutrients that your baby needs.
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I bought this book when I nursed my first baby, and now I am reading it again with my second. The author does an excellent job of encouraging the nursing mother to eat nutritious foods, both for her good and her baby's. Sensible food choices are encouraged, and healthy eating is stressed more than dieting. Foods to avoid are listed, along with the reasons to stay away from them. Also, I especially enjoyed the recipes in the last chapter. Very tasty and easy!
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By A Customer on November 11, 2001
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This book is an excellent resource. I used it myself to melt away over 50 lbs after baby #2!!! I am an RN and Certified Lactation consultant and use this book as a reference when counsoling mothers on weight loss. This is a wonderful book and will be a wonderful benefit for the reader. It helps you plan meals and know how many servings you need to achieve your weight loss goals!
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Please note how old this edition is (1992!) and choose the updated edition Eat Well, Lose Weight, While Breastfeeding: The Complete Nutrition Book for Nursing Mothers. We've learned a lot about diet, nutrients, and bfing in the last 14+ years!
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This is a great guide for any woman struggling with losing weight while breastfeeding. It gives a clear, easy to follow guide of how and what and why to eat the right ammount of the right nutrients to insure healthly milk production for your baby and still allow you to lose weight slowly as is always recommended. Every one tells you how to eat when you are pregnant, but leaves you in the lurch once the baby is home. This book has been a super aid.
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