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Breastfeeding: The Essential Guide [Paperback]

Sharon Trotter
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Book Description

31 Aug 2004
There are many books available on the subject of breastfeeding. They contain a bewildering amount of information and advice. Many are long and they can be expensive. Which one do you choose? I felt there was a need for a short but nonetheless informative book with breastfeeding tips for mothers to follow. So I set about writing just that. I hope you enjoy the result. I wanted it to be easy to read, cheap to buy and small enough to take anywhere. I want it to answer all your questions and encourage you to ask more. I want it to be your lifeline when things get tough. I want my enthusiasm to rub off and give you the confidence to succeed. Even more importantly I want you to enjoy the whole experience!
Although primarily aimed at mothers, this would also be a great read for fathers, midwives, student midwives and other health professionals who give breastfeeding advice. I want the text to flow, which is why it is not fully referenced. However, as I understand the importance of evidence based knowledge, I have included references and websites where approriate. I have also included a short list of ‘Suggested further reading’ and ‘Helpful websites’ at the end, should you want to delve deeper.
Sharon Trotter October 2004

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Product details

  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Trotters Independent Publishing Services Ltd (31 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954838106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954838102
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 15.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 222,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Sharon Trotter is a UK practising midwife and independent Mother & Baby Consultant with special interests in breastfeeding and baby skincare. Sharon works independently to advise and promote best practice in these areas. Following publication of her articles in various peer-reviewed journals, Sharon has implemented a new policy for baby skincare within her local NHS organisation. Maternity units all over the UK and beyond are updating their policies in line with this simplified approach.
In November 2008 Sharon Trotter won the Dermatology award in Nursing in Practice Inaugural Award Ceremony! This is in recognition of her work on baby skincare and especially the Babycare - back to basics™ leaflet which is now in its 7th edition.
She is author of the bestselling book, Breastfeeding: the essential guide. Details of this and her peer-reviewed articles can be found on her websites at and
In 2007 Sharon launched the unique TIPS Award Scheme, using parent testers who take part on a strictly volunteer basis, to provide parents with the most respected and impartial testing programme in the baby and toddler market sector.


"This really is a fantastic read and excellent value for money at £5.99" --The Self Publishing magazine, Summer 2007

Essential reading for all mums-to-be or new mums who are thinking about breastfeeding, Book Review, February 2006

..the easiest and most comprehensive book we have found on breastfeeding. Simple, encouraging and very informative. --PHP, The Baby Catalogue, book review, Winter 2005

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"This really is a fantastic read and excellent value for money at £5.99" --The Self Publishing magazine, Summer 2007

Essential reading for all mums-to-be or new mums who are thinking about breastfeeding, Book Review, February 2006

..the easiest and most comprehensive book we have found on breastfeeding. Simple, encouraging and very informative. --PHP, The Baby Catalogue, book review, Winter 2005

From the Author

I have been involved with the education and support of breastfeeding mothers for the past 20 years. As a midwife, this has been just one part of a very rewarding career. As a mother, having breastfed my own children for a combined total of 7 years, it has become a lot more.
I am not saying that you have to experience breastfeeding in order to teach others, but it definitely helps. Most of the trials and tribulations that so many women suffer, on their road to successful breastfeeding, have also happened to me. This is why I understand the highs and lows so well and can hopefully guide you through. I also understand that ‘real life’ does not include a nanny or constant support from friends and relatives. Real life means juggling work, home, other children, partners and it’s exhausting!
So how can something that appears to take up so much time really fit into a busy mothers life? This is what I want to de-mystify. Once you have established breastfeeding, there is no better stress-buster around! The natural ‘high’ that occurs with every feed is available on tap whenever you and your baby need it. More importantly it is free and should be enjoyed by all. So many women have told me that they regret having not persevered with breastfeeding and that they wished my tips had been around when they needed them. This is why I am determined to spread the word about the pleasurable side of feeding that is so often overlooked. Not only is it best for your baby, but it is best for you too!
In 2002 I wrote down my experiences, as a way of introducing breastfeeding to women, in an easy-to-read format, combined with all the ’tricks of the trade’, so to speak! It is evidence-based and would be an ideal introduction to parents, student midwives, midwives and returning midwives.
Sharon Trotter October 2004

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars book review 2 Dec 2006
Great book with lots of help and useful advice, even for the those experienced breastfeeders. Bought this book after having third child, and having breastfed first two till a year, still learned loads.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best breastfeeding DIY book in the world! 30 Jun 2006
By Frank
If it wasn't for Sharon Trotter and her amazing book our family would be the poorer.

Although a breast feeding advocate herself, my wife was struggling to continue breast feeding after the 1st week of our new baby arrival. Instead of receiving informative care & support to continue natural feeding, the local medical professionals were encouraging steps towards artificial milk feeding.

Thankfully, the independent Trotter was there to save the day and the future well-being of our now thriving baby girl!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This book is just like a great big hug and pat on the back from your best friend at the time you most need it !

I almost didn't read this book. I breastfed my two daughters for 6 months and 8 months respectively so I thought, ah, been there, done that, got the (milk-stained) Tshirt - it's like teaching your grandmother to suck eggs ! But then baby bundle of joy number 3 burst into my life last week and along with him, all the old self-doubts and minor panic attacks on a daily basis, not helped at all when the staff at the hospital put the pressure on.

Breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the world, and when it works with no effort, it's fantastic. It's got so many benefits for mothers and babies, not to mention, in these credit-crunch times, it's a real money-saver. It is so rewarding to feel that you are giving your baby the best possible start in life and you get a real sense of pride when you see him getting big and strong and knowing that it's all down to you and your very own milk. But the downside is, when it doesn't work first time, or when people start making you doubt yourself, you suddenly start realising what a huge responsibility it all is and thinking eeek, I'm the only thing standing between me and my baby dying of starvation ! It sounds extreme but don't forget you've just given birth and your hormones have gone ballistic !!

Having twice succeeded relatively long stints at breastfeeding, I'm pretty chilled out and know I can do it, so I was luckily quite well armed against the "attacks" of the midwives. I know they only had the best interests of my baby at heart, but they really know how to put the pressure on and make you doubt your capabilities to be a good mother !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very user friendly breasfeeding book 12 Aug 2007
My friend's girlfriend had a baby recently. She wanted to breastfeed so I gave her a copy of this book. As a first time mum, she says it has really helped her because it is so easy to read, has lots of tips and is very reassuring. And she is still breastfeeding.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Having breastfed 12 children over the past 20 years and I am still currently breastfeeding my youngest daughter and this is the ONLY book on breastfeeding that I would recommend. This is a wonderful no nonsense practical guide and it contains information on Breastfeeding that you will not find anywhere else. I particularly loved the fact that it takes Breastfeeding away from the mechanics that are currently taught and practiced in many of the support groups and took it back to the natural and beautiful thing that it is. Sharon has made this book so easy to read and by including so many beautiful and personal pictures has made it that perhaps people won't feel so self concious of feeding their baby the natural way. Congratulations Sharon on a well thought out and thoroughly researched guide to breastfeeding for new and experienced mums. The size of it also means that it is so easy to pick up and read even whilst one is Breastfeeding, this book is to me the Breastfeeding Bible!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This book has been a wonderful resource. I found it very useful when I was pregnant, as it enabled me to fully prepare for breastfeeding my baby. As well as learning about all the benefits of breastfeeding, I was fully aware of all the potential problems I might face, and how they can be overcome. Now (my breastfed 6 month old has only just started solids) I still refer to Sharon's book whenever I have a problem. This book should be recommended at antenatal classes and should be made available in the maternity wards for new mothers. The informative yet easy to read style, coupled with personal comments and anecdotes definitely makes this book worth recommending!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 100 % committed 1 Mar 2005
I am currently 19 weeks pregnant and am obviously reading as much as I can about all aspects of pregnancy. Prior to becoming pregnant I had always avoided subjects on breastfeeding as I thought it was not for me and you'd be surprised how many women feel the same way. However, knowing that it is best for my baby I read Sharon's book and am now 100% committed to giving breastfeeding a go. I am scared about the prospect of it all but Sharon's book is set out in such a way that it will be quick to go back to and read the parts I am most worried about and get reassurance from.
My partner also read the book and he said what he liked the most was that it has been written by someone who has been there and done it. She is not just a professional who wrote the book from research, she actually combined her research with her own personal experiences and that is what we apprehensive mum's want to hear- experience of those who have been there before but with the added professional touch.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great breastfeeding companion
This book is a little gem. I loved the writing style of the author, who comes across as being well informed - she is a midwife and mother of five children and also very personable. Read more
Published 14 months ago by C. Plunkett
5.0 out of 5 stars Breastfeeding: The Essential Guide
This book is most definitely a MUST READ for all mums (and dads). Even though my baby took to breastfeeding like a duck to water I KNOW I would have found this book so valuable. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Vivien
3.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin - basically
Quite a basic book on the subject, so if you're anything like me & read loads on the subject already... this is not the book for you. Read more
Published on 15 Oct 2010 by Bunny
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely essential purchase!
Bought this book after having experienced lots of problems- wish had bought it before I started! Down to earth, sensible advice, very encouraging. Read more
Published on 15 Mar 2010 by sleepymum
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, easy to read & highly motivating book
This book is a must for all pregnant women - it is so informative & covers all aspects of breastfeeding as well as being very motivational. Read more
Published on 13 Oct 2008 by N. Tuach
5.0 out of 5 stars What a wonderful book !
I bought this book recently for my daughter-in-law, who was learning to breastfeed her first baby. Sharon's book is an account of her journey through the years of breastfeeding... Read more
Published on 30 Mar 2008 by Elaine Brown
1.0 out of 5 stars Serious omissions
This book is a passionate and sincere plea for mothers to breastfeed and gives plenty of advice on addressing some of the common problems. Read more
Published on 1 Oct 2007 by KA Bodsworth
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic book on breastfeeding
This is a fantastic book on breastfeeding, which is very easy to read, and easy to refer to in those early days of breastfeeding, which is so important. Read more
Published on 25 Sep 2007 by Mrs. A. Salt
5.0 out of 5 stars Encouraging book
This book is great! It's practical and easy to read and I found it to be very helpful and informative. Read more
Published on 2 Sep 2007 by Tarynn Bresler
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Breastfeeding Book!
I have found this book so helpful! There are so many things a first time mum needs to know and in this book it has so much valuable information. Read more
Published on 21 Aug 2007 by Andrea Uys
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