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What to Expect When You're Breastfeeding...And What If You Can't? Paperback – 4 May 2006


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion; Rev Ed edition (4 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091906962
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091906962
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 1.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...practical, unemotional and just what women at the end of their tethers need" (Daily Telegraph)

"I just can't praise her enough" (Kate Winslet)

"There is something awry in the world of breastfeeding. There is too much guilt and not enough practical, proven advice. I, therefore, take the unusual step of recommending a book - What To Expect When you're Breastfeeding... It might just save a mother and baby you know needless suffering" (Vanessa Feltz Daily Express)

"This book should be handed out with the first contraction. Buy this book!" (Kate Beckinsale)

"every new mum should have one" (Bella)

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An invaluable breast-feeding guide with clear and sensible advice for new mothers

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs M on 3 Sep 2013
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Ok some reviewers seem to have missed that the book describes itself "IF YOU FIND BREAST-FEEDING DIFFICULT and are on the verge of giving up..."
In short I had a nightmare with my first son, I was unable to breastfeed and had mastitis and every other breastfeeding issue going and ended up expressing for 2.5 months until my milk ran out. The 'fashion' 2 years ago among midwives was to deny the baby any bottles or liquid until breastfeeding was established - I stupidly listened to this advice until a trip to A&E with a dangerously dehydrated jaundiced baby at 5 days old.

This time someone recommended Clare so I bought the DVD. From first skin to skin contact I was able to latch and feed my second baby, it felt amazing, he fed well until the third day at home I was in agony, nipple blisters, cracks, stabbing shooting burning pain etc. So I contacted Clare and saw her personally (she is lovely, but no nosense and direct and very clear!). What was I doing wrong that I didn't get from the DVD...? I had the latch pretty well BUT I thought I had the baby close to me - I was actually leaning over him so much to check if he was on correctly I had both the pillow and him about 4 inches away - Clare moved both closer and had me resting on the pillow up against my ribs and the baby's lower shoulder touching the underside of my breast to roll him on to me - the pain was less instantly - if you watch the DVD it's all quite clear on there it's just very hard to see your own position until someone points out what you are doing wrong.

In short I would not be able to feed my baby without this woman's help - the DVD was an excellent starting point.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By T. Mclaughlin on 9 Feb 2010
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I was really quite dismayed at reading the very negative reviews of this book. I m a GP and first time mum and I thought the book was very helpful. I was recommending to a friend but now she is considering not buying it after reading the negative comments.

My little girl has never latched successfully. She is now 8 weeks, thriving and happy. I m using nipple sheilds and I appreciated the authors PRAGMATIC approach to feeding. The hospital and midwive approach to shields in my area was very negative-it was them or not breastfeeding at all-they were life savers!

I think breastfeeding requires a relaxed approach. It is not the be all and end all-mothers should not feel guilty if it can't be mastered as it is a very difficult skill. Quite frankly I don't think it is essential that her theories are not entirely evidence based-much evidence in current trials is flawed and unable to be applied to real life. I think that practical experience should not be underestimated.

There may be sections about which some people disagree but I thnk that using your own common sense is important too-I would never stick too rigidily to a textbook-especially if your instincts were telling you different but as a guide to worried and confused mums -I think it was great!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By carmel murray on 12 Aug 2013
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No nonsense and practical methods which work whether breast or bottle feeding. Very helpful guide . Noticed a difference quickly when applying the advice .
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84 of 100 people found the following review helpful By mama ninie on 26 Jan 2009
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I had this book while pregnant and discarded it within 3 months of breast feeding because the information was inaccurate, out of date, recommended needless interventions of expressing and worst of all convinced me that I had poor milk supply! What complete rubbish!!

It is completely undermining of the breastfeeding relationship - does not tell you that it is NORMAL for babies to feed ALL evening, that it is NORMAL for babies to feed much more frequently than 3-4 hourly. Recommending formula "top-ups" is the quickest way to destroy breastfeeding.

There are much better breastfeeding books out there - look at the Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League or any of the NCT titles. Better still find a breastfeeding support group locally and go every week! This helped me to breastfeed for over a year (and I was one of the rare people who follow advice not to start solids until 6 months!)

Unfortunately the website wouldn't let me put 0 stars on this review because I cannot say strongly enough that you will regret buying it.
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68 of 86 people found the following review helpful By ariel on 15 Nov 2008
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I am a trained midwife, currently practising as a maternity nurse. I like to read to keep up to date with what the women I work with are reading. I would NEVER recommend this book. It is full of inaccurate sweeping statements and not even one single reference - the whole book is solely based on what she thinks! NEVER take a book seriously if it can't be backed up with references.

The book regularly had me shouting out loud at her inaccuracies (eg re getting baby to take a bottle 'You can use the same bottle of milk for up to one-and-a-half hours, reheating it as often as is necessary to keep it at an attractive temperature for him.' - JUST NOT TRUE AND ACTUALLY POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS) and therefore had me extremely worried about ALL the advice she was giving. Some of it is so inaccurate and misleading.

Never once in this book does she suggest holding your baby or playing with your baby. It's all feed, wind, sleep. What about relationship and nurturing? I think she's missed an important point about breast feeding and the early days relationship.

Breast feeding doesn't require a text book. It requires patience, common sense, a good sense of humour and a relaxed approach. If you're really struggling see a local breast feeding counsellor (BUT even then be wary, and follow your gut and your heart, and your baby!).

The book desperately needs updating, but preferably, in my opinion needs removing from the market. DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK!
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