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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pinter & Martin Ltd.; Updated edition (9 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780662300
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780662305
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 2.2 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Jack Newman is a Toronto pediatrician who has practised medicine since 1970. In 1984 he established the first hospital-based breastfeeding clinic in Canada, at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children. He is co-founder of the International Breastfeeding Centre located in Toronto, Ontario. He is the father of three children, all breastfed, and the grandfather of two boys, also breastfed.

Teresa Pitman was the executive director of La Leche League Canada for three years, and she has been helping mothers with breastfeeding for more than 30 years. Her articles on parenting and other topics have appeared in Today's Parent, Pregnancy, Baby and Toddler, More, Mothering, Chatelaine and other magazines. Teresa is the author or coauthor of 12 other books on parenting topics, including, most recently, the eighth edition of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. She is the mother of four breastfed children, and the grandmother of six breastfed children.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Addicted to Amazon on 23 Sept. 2014
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Dr Jack Newman's Guide to Breastfeeding is quite entertaining to read, with lots of plain talking; dispelling myths as `nonsense' and with more than a few digs at the poor advice given by those who `should know better'. It is full of breastfeeding tips including some very useful information about several health issues and their medications with regard to breastfeeding. It's a winning recipe thanks to the authors' practical and personal breastfeeding experience. This, coupled with the confidence that perhaps only a very experienced paediatrician might dare to put into print, means that this book will help challenge many health professionals' practice--let's hope they read it!

The message underpinning every chapter is that breastfeeding is a relationship over and above a feeding method, and that breastfeeding should not be undermined at any cost or at anytime. "Breastfeeding should never be expendable. Only under extraordinary circumstances should breastfeeding be interrupted. It is too important to the physical and mental health of the child and the mother for them to give it up the way one might give up ice cream."

Jack Newman certainly makes his feelings clear when he doesn't approve of something. It could be tempting to question some of his ideas and maybe feel a little defensive--if it was coming from anyone else. But his rationale against using a syringe or bottles for supplements, 'gritting his teeth' at the mention of nipple shields, or his suggestion for giving high calorie solids earlier than the norm for a low gaining baby are all offered with the best intention and soundest logic; to preserve breastfeeding.

Some of the information in this book will be hard to find elsewhere.
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This book is divided into clear chapters by breastfeeding subject, but unlike many other books I have read on the subject, the book has a definite medical focus, and the more social aspects of breastfeeding, such as sleep and duration of breastfeeding, feature in more brief chapters at the end of the book. As a breastfeeding mother, I think I came to this book with a natural skepticism about what a male doctor has to say on the matter. Wherever mothers come together the tales of bad advice and incorrect information from health professionals make your hair curl! Dr Newman runs a prestigious infant feeding clinic in Canada, and his co-author is a La Leche League leader who has written or co-written several other books on breastfeeding, including a personal favourite The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding.

This book offers great practical advice for breastfeeding mothers and their supporters in the form of clear step-by-step guides to techniques and photographs, but also by giving links along the way to further information and especially videos from Dr Newman's website. This means that the book provides a larger amount of resources for dealing with problems than many other books. Where lack of experience is the problem, this is often the difference between breastfeeding and not breastfeeding for a mother and child. For example, this book offers several pages on recognising and dealing with post-birth oedema in the breasts, a problem I experienced and none of my midwives recognised. I had a nasty bout of mastitis before I stumbled across Dr Newman's resources.
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This book is a fantastic resource for breastfeeding mothers, health professionals (doctors, midwives, health visitors etc), breastfeeding peer supporters and anyone interested in breastfeeding or supporting breastfeeding mothers. It's quite a meaty read and looks a bit daunting to a new mother with a baby and little time, but at the very start of the book potential users are identified and sections which will be of particular relevance to them are highlighted which means you only have to read the parts which are relevant to you.

When read cover to cover as I did, the book can seem a bit repetitive. This isn't due to a lack of imagination on the authors' part, but because in reality there are far more myths about breastfeeding than actual problems with breastfeeding and often the same solution works for many different myths. I am confident that with the aid of this book, most mothers will be able to successfully navigate their way around any booby-traps and have a happy and successful breastfeeding journey.

This book doesn't make the assumption that breastfeeding is easy, but it does make the (quite right) assumption that breastfeeding is the normal, natural way to feed your baby. In doing this, it explains in detail the risks related to formula feeding and the aggressive marketing of formula manufacturers. It is clear that this ISN'T an attack on mothers who choose to formula feed, but an attack on the aggressive marketing and lack of correct information that mothers are given which prevents a lot of mothers from making an informed choice when it comes to feeding their child. As such, I would encourage any parent, regardless of feeding choice, to read this book.
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