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Bestfeeding: Getting Breastfeeding Right for You [Paperback]

Mary J. Renfrew , Chloe Fisher , Suzanne Arms
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May 2000
For more than a decade, BESTFEEDING has been recognized by midwives, doctors, and nursing mothers as the definitive word on breastfeeding. The culmination of 60-plus years of hands-on experience from three dedicated and internationally respected authors, this newly updated classic blends academic knowledge, clinical expertise, and practical skills to educate first-time and experienced mothers alike. Mothers will find precisely the information they need to help their babies grow and thrive-physically and emotionally-as a result of breastfeeding. The book answers all questions a new mother may have, and it is fully illustrated with dozens of helpful photos and drawings that demonstrate all the dos and don'¬?ts of breastfeeding. In addition to the basics, mothers will find tried-and-true solutions to both common and more unusual problems, as well as remedies for babies with special needs. With its sensitive and informed advice, BESTFEEDING is a supportive reminder of what women have always known: that breastfeeding is, quite simply, the best way to nourish a baby.
  • An illustrated guide to the basics of breastfeeding your baby, with more than 100 photos.
  • Topics include the benefits of breastfeeding for both you and your baby; posture and positions; medical and dietary concerns; and causes and solutions to numerous breastfeeding problems.
  • Revised and thoroughly updated with new information on feeding multiple babies and adopted babies, and a discussion of the emotional rewards of breastfeeding.
  • The first two editions have sold more than 120,000 copies.
  • --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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    • Paperback: 246 pages
    • Publisher: Celestial Arts; 2nd Revised edition edition (May 2000)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0890879559
    • ISBN-13: 978-0890879559
    • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 18.5 x 2 cm
    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 913,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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    21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent practical help and advice 14 Nov 2005
    By A Customer
    This book is a must for all women who are trying to breastfeed. It really helped me through the whole time I was breastfeeding. When pregnant we get told that breastfeeding is natural and is does not hurt. Well for me it did hurt and this book was excellent at explaining things clearly with photographs as well. At times when I felt like giving up on the idea I referred to the book and it provided reassurance.
    I would also recommend this book to anyone pregnant to prepare them if they decide to breastfeed.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars fewer words, more pictures, more information 6 Nov 1998
    By A Customer
    Excellent! Shows a new breastfeeding mother how to position a newborn properly. Many books do a better job of explaining subjects like why breastfeed, weening, and introducing solids (like the LaLeche Bible (oops I mean manual)), but this book has pictures of how to position that little one. Breastfeeding is natural, but there are some things to do right to make the experience positive and to increase the chance of a longer nursing relationship. This book will get you, baby (and dad) off to a great start.
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    18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Intensely Practical 5 Feb 2001
    By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
    This book was enormously helpful when I found myself getting stressed about the idea of breast feeding. The more people told me different things the more confused I got. What I particularly liked about this book was the step by step instructions and diagrams to show you the correct positions to use. It was 100% more useful than the hospital midwives who pounced on me like a prize cow, prodded me about and then left me to it. It's a great book to get if you're very nervous about breast feeding. It should allay all fears.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Useful but a bit too bossy 6 Nov 2007
    I have found this book very useful in getting to grips with breastfeeding my daughter. The explanations of the benefits of breastfeeding are clear, and it dispels a lot of the 'myths' surrounding the topic. Like other reviewers, I've found the photographs and explanations really useful in learning to position my baby to feed - much more so than the other books I've looked at. The book is really clearly laid out, easy to read and very accessible.

    However, the tone of the book is a bit too preachy at times. The authors insist that all problems are down to positioning and that you will only get sore/ cracked nipples if your positioning is wrong, and that if you get a sore or cracked nipple, sorting the positioning will remove the pain of feeding within a couple of feeds. They tell you that resting the breast will not help, and that nipple cream will not help.

    In my experience, this is not true, and I fear that such hardline advice may be counterproductive. I can well imagine a new mother getting a cracked nipple, as I did, reading that her positioning was at fault, as I did, looking at the pictures and being unable to see what she was doing wrong and wondering why it still hurt despite her baby feeding as per the instructions, as I did. She may very well conclude that she simply can't get breastfeeding right, especially if she's suffering from baby blues and lack of sleep, and decide to give up and put her baby onto formula.

    Fortunately, my local breastfeeding counsellor reassured me that sore and cracked nipples can happen despite correct positioning, especially if a baby is ready for milk before the milk comes in. She advised me to apply a lanolin cream and not feed from the cracked nipple for a while, and express milk in the meantime.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    I was determined to breastfeed my baby despite excruciating feeds every 2 hours and a hungry baby. It turns out that my position was incorrect,which I worked out myself, but this book offered a range of positions which I tried when working it out. I liked reading the real life accounts and loved the photos (lots of cute babies). There could have been more written material in this book though.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, fabulous! 17 Dec 1997
    By A Customer
    This book was my lifesaver. I consulted this book when I had problems after my son was born, and found the answers I needed. I devoured it before my son was born, and this, along with detailed advice from a lactation consultant(who was thrilled I had bought this book) and the nurses in the maternity ward was what I needed to get me on the right start. My son was exclusively breastfed for five months and still nurses happily at sixteen months. This is a wonderful reference for the breastfeeding family.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars THE book I recommend as an educator & doula 22 May 1999
    By A Customer
    This book is wonderful because it doesn't just tell you how to breastfeed, it SHOWS you! More pictures, and better pictures, than any other breastfeeding book I've seen.
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