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The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (La Leche League International Book) [Paperback]

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17 July 2007 La Leche League International Book
All parents want the best for their babies, and there’s no doubt about the fact that human milk is the ideal food for human babies. What’s the secret of successful breastfeeding? For almost fifty years mothers who have been in touch with La Leche League have found the kind of information and support they needed to breastfeed their babies.

In this newly revised edition of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, you will learn:

• How human milk offers lifetime benefits for your baby
• How to prepare for breastfeeding during pregnancy
• How to exercise and lose weight safely while nursing
• How to find time for yourself while meeting baby’s needs
• How to increase your milk supply by using herbs and medications
• How to be sure your baby is getting enough to eat

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding was the first book of its kind, written for mothers by mothers. Over the years, more than two million mothers have turned to it for information and inspiration.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 463 pages
  • Publisher: Plume Books; 7 Revised edition (17 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452285801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452285804
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 3.2 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 346,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since 1955 when La LEche League started with seven women in the Chicago suburbs, it has grown into the leading breastfeeding advocacy organization in the world, with more than three thousand groups in fifty countries. La Leche League International regularly holds seminars and workshops for health care professionals and parents, and publishes more than twenty books on child care.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book 3 Mar 2005
Format:Paperback
I love this book. It gives both the basics on how to breastfeed and also lots of more general parenting information. It also looks at the comman and not so comman problems and gives helpful and reassuring advice. Although quite American sometimes the basic mother baby relationship is the same the world over! I have referred to my copy at least once a week over the past 20 months of breastfeeding.
I would recommend it to everyone wanting to breastfeed or wanting to know more about breastfeeding
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I would thoroughly recommend this book 11 Jan 2006
By MicT
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I bought this book even though I am on my 3rd child!! Have breast fed both times before, but had to go back to work early both times, so didn't feed much beyond this and wanted to get some perspective on feeding beyond the first few months.
I would recommend this book whether you are on your first or subsequent child, as it really does have something for everyone. Would be a really nice present for a mum to be to help prepare for breast feeding too.
I found the bits on how breastfeeding works and how amazing breast milk is really fascinating and also very supportive, as I have had a few ambivalent comments and was able to say - "aha, but..."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Too much general information 18 July 2009
Format:Paperback
A good read but much of the book covers parenting rather than breastfeeding. The information is not easily accessible, a pertinent piece of information is buried in a paragraph of disorganized writing.

I was expecting a more text book approach, tables, diagrams and well presented information. This is not the book for that.

The book made me feel good about my decision to breastfeed but did not cover any of the main issues I have encountered so far in any depth (3 months). Many American books about parenting spend a lot of time talking about the return to work at 3 months, that is not the norm all over the world so the advise for that stage is of no use to me.

All the photos and diagrams are in black and white and some are extremely dated.
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After 1 year of breastfeeding I have a much better opinion of this book. It won't show you how to breastfeed, but thats not really something you can learn from a book, go to a meeting!!!. The book is now invaluable in our home for the great general advice about living with a breastfed baby!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive book, but rather American 15 Jan 2007
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I like this book but if you read it in one go it will make you sick! It's too saccharin American and a bit too earth mother for me. That said, the questions I had on breastfeeding were answered in this book. Use it as a reference textbook and it's fantastic. Oh and bear in mind that whilst breastfeeding can be absolutely awful to begin with... those sickly sweet comments I was moaning about become true about 3 months down the line when you and your baby have got the hang of it. It really is worth perserving with. Buy this book, but more importantly find out where your local LLL group is and make contact with them when you are pregnant. Happy Breastfeeding!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 1 Dec 2008
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I bought an earlier edition of this book in 1993 when nursing my first child. It is informative, interesting and supportive, the next best thing to having a La Leche League leader in my cupboard.
The book does not only give information on breastfeeding but many other aspects of parenting too. Ideally read it while you are pregnant and make contact with your local LLL group as early as you can. Hospital midwives do support breastfeeding but are always so busy, an LLL leader will make time for you and support you through the hard times, the core members of my group became like extended famiy to us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Supporting you to Breastfeeding success 25 Nov 2013
By Willow
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A great guide to all things breastfeeding. this will guide you from thinking about breastfeeding to the latch on and how to negate and negotiate any pitfalls a must read for every woman, and every midwife.
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