- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Plume; Revised edition (September 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0452279089
- ISBN-13: 978-0452279087
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 113 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,359,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding: Sixth Revised Edition Paperback – August 1, 1997
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Here's the 35th-anniversary edition of the big book on breastfeeding, written by the experts at La Leche League International. The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding is a comprehensive resource guide providing just about everything you need to know about how--and why--to breastfeed your baby. Latch on to this book for step-by-step guides to early months, common concerns, problems, and weaning. Additional sections on general nutrition, sleep issues, going back to work, discipline, and fathering are useful for all breastfeeding mothers. Unfortunately the black-and-white photos are not always as clear as they should be, and the informative line-drawings are too scarce.
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Outdated bits in the 1990 version:
- They tell you that if a baby sleeps on it's back, it will drool into it's mouth or spit up and choke and can die from sleeping on it's back. Now, everyone wants you to have baby sleep on back.
- They tell you that pumped milk should be refrigerated and used within 24 hours. Now, estimates are that it will keep for 4 to 7 days in a refrigerator, and even longer if you sterilize pump and storage parts.
It's OK, because it was an audio book, so I could listen while driving tiny baby back and forth from daycare, but the older edition is a waste of time compared to something updated. Go for the newer edition, if you decide to get this.
For the record, although I breastfed my son and would recommend it to anyone who was expecting a child, I am not of the opinion that those who feed their children formula have doomed their children to failure. There are plenty of perfectly well adjusted formula-fed babies out there--including me! That is one sentiment that is not expressed in this book, however, so do be warned.
However, this book will give you all sorts of tips and descriptions of ways to continue breastfeeding or expressing milk to feed your child. Some folks seem to give up on breastfeeding after a bit of difficulty; it is important to realize that breastfeeding is something you have to LEARN how to do. If you and your baby magically fall into perfect step the first time you try breastfeeding and you have had no one tell you how it's done, you are very lucky!
This book clearly describes how to get your baby to take the breast, what to do if it hurts (it ought not hurt! If it does that means you need to change your technique), and how to make sure that your baby is getting enough milk. It gives you hints about clothes to wear to allow you to breastfeed and ways to minimize your exposure when you breastfeed in public. It is a bit repetative, but it is not really meant to be read from cover to cover. It works much better as a resource you pick up and read sections of at a time.
Once again, it is unabashedly pro-breastfeeding, and it has a chapter on breastfeeding a toddler as well as plenty of discussion about how much better breast milk is for the baby than formula is. This all comes in handy if you're trying to convince some busy-body that you're doing the right thing by breastfeeding, but if you've honestly determined that breastfeeding is not for you, you should save yourself grief and avoid this book.
If, on the other hand, you want to breastfeed your baby but aren't sure that you can, DO buy this book! It can really help you out.