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The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding [Paperback]

Anwar Fazal , La Leche League International , Plume
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Sep 1997
A fully revised and updated program that covers the practical, physical and psychological aspects of breastfeeding, and also presents a thorough guide to infant and child care, with advice for both mothers and fathers.
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  • Paperback: 465 pages
  • Publisher: Plume Books; 6th Rev edition (Sep 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452279089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452279087
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 954,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Encourages, helps, inspires... 11 April 2001
By A Customer
Simply a wonderful book. Written from first hand experience by mothers, but it is far from being without proven medical and scientific background. It is full of encouraging words, practical tips and problem solving solutions. The style is warm and simple without unnecessary long worded, foreign and complicated expressions that makes so many books boring and unreadable to everyday mother. It advices not only on breastfeeding in different situations and with different problems, but also coping with babies, going back to work or staying at home, etc.
Strongly recommend to every expectant mother! ANd also to Health professionals!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Being a mother of four (all breastfed children) and expecting my fifth baby soon I decided to read the updated version of this book. The authors eloquently describe the inner woven aspects of breastfeeding and mothering. The autors have gone beyond "parenting philosopy". They have toutched on the core aspects of mothering from the heart which is all too often ignored in our society. The ideas brought forth in this book took me several babies and alot of growing pains to figure out on my own. This book should be required reading for expectant parents.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I finally got around to reading this wonderful book and I am filled with regret that I did not take the time to read it when I was pregnant with my first baby. So many problems could have been avoided. But I am thankful to have read it now and would highly recommend it to anyone hoping/planning to breastfeed their babies. My partner read a lot of information on breastfeeding while I was pregnant and his *informed* support helped me to decide that nursing my babies is the style of parenting I like best! So Dads, this is a good read for you too...
This book is the most well-written, supportive book about how to breastfeed and why that I have ever read. It is written in a style that makes it easy to read, not as a textbook... much more humanly. And it is sectioned off so that if there is a subject you are particularly interested in you can easily access that information. It is well-indexed and I came away from it feeling so enthusiastic about nursing my children.
Also brings home the fact that each and every one of us make a difference. The organization was started because of seven mothers who all had nursed their children and decided they wanted to help other mothers with the dying art of feeding a child at the breast. Very empowering.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Informative but at times a little too pushy! 31 Mar 1999
By A Customer
As a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse and first time expectant mother, I am a strong advocate for breastfeeding. I believe the Le Leche League has provided some great information within the book that can assist a new breastfeeding parent and provide them with alternatives for support should there be none available to them. However, at the same time I felt the author's preached alot of their own opinions throughout the contents of the book. In particular, the book contains a section that provides information for the mother who is returning to work after a baby. While it provides helpful information on pumping and storing milk, it also states that the best thing you can do is arrange to work from home or better yet, not return to work. I find this a little unrealistic, since the majority of families today are two income families. The feeling I had after reading this section was that Le Leche almost looks down on mothers who return to work and do not stay home to breastfeed their children. The author's also stated on numberous occassions throughout the book to question and sometimes refuse the suggestions of the medical providers, in regards to their child's care. I am a strong believer in asking questions, but if you don't get the answers you want or understand, please get a second opinion or ask for further clarification, do not refuse medical care for yourself or your child unless you are fully aware of the implications. Overall, the factual content was good but after I completely finished reading the book, I was unsure if by joining Le Leche League I was joining a support group for my child/myself or I was joining a cult!
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If you are looking for just one book for information and encouragement, read this one. If you think the book is missing something, then go check the others. You will be surprised to realize how comprehensive this book is. Unfortunately for me, I read a different book to prepare me for nursing. I had some problems with nursing and did not find enough information in other book. The other book also had no encouragement, it was more of "just the facts", and was unemotional. The flip side is The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, (which I discovered after my nursing problems were over and my son was two months old), which intertwines positive encouragement and parenting style choices between the breastfeeding facts and how-to's. I especially love the sections written by regular mothers, which is like real advice from the real world. The opinion is written in the book to take from the book what is helpful to you and leave the rest behind. A refreshing change from other parenting books whose authors infer "There is one way to do it, and that is my way". Book applies to both stay-at-home mothers and working mothers. Easy to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars New edition
This is an awesome book, and more recent editions are even better. Buying them directly from LLL means the charity earns more money.
Published 16 months ago by George 4th
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye opening and easy to read ideal for helping you decide how to feed...
A book that will calm any fears dispel myths and is sympathetic to all woman. It gives you confidence to choose how to feed I got this as a present and loved it. Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2010 by Willow
4.0 out of 5 stars Radical Pamphlet comes of age
When I was born in 1970, breastfeeding, advocated by La Leche was a pretty radical idea. My Mom used this book as a guide, so she recommended it to me when I had my child. Read more
Published on 7 Oct 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Be A MOTHER to YOUR CHILD!!
I am a stay at home mommy and teach childbirth classes out of my home. I have read this book for my classes as well for my own personal use. It is a great reference book. Read more
Published on 1 July 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite, but a good read
This book is considered to be the "Bible" of breastfeeding, but I referred to it the least of the three books I read on breastfeeding. Read more
Published on 3 Mar 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Encouraged me to continue breastfeeding successfully.
Although I was breastfeeding for the second time, it was not easier. With the help of this book and La Leche volunteers, I was not only successful, I felt it was one of the most... Read more
Published on 31 Jan 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Exhaustive but warm encouragement of/for nursing families
Almost everything you can think of to ask--or didn't realize you needed to ask--about breastfeeding and the normal course of nursing a baby is covered in this thoughtful and... Read more
Published on 24 Dec 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book! Every expectant and new parent should read!
La Leche League is the authority on breastfeeding, and this is such a great book! Warm, friendly and knowledgable, it has answers to just about every breastfeeding question that... Read more
Published on 28 Sep 1998
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