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The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding [Paperback]

La Leche League International , Diane Wiessinger , Diana West , Teresa Pitman
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
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Book Description

13 July 2010
It's no secret that breastfeeding is the normal, healthy way to nourish and nurture your baby. Dedicated to supporting nursing and expectant mothers, the internationally respected La Leche League has set the standard for educating and empowering mothers in this natural art for generations. Now their classic bestselling guide has been retooled, refocused, and updated for today's mothers and lifestyles.

Working mothers, stay-at-home mums, single mums, and mothers of multiples will all benefit from the book's range of nursing advice, stories, and information-from preparing for breastfeeding during pregnancy to feeding cues, from nursing positions to expressing and storing breast milk. With all-new photos and illustrations, this ultimate support bible offers:

  • real-mum wisdom on breastfeeding comfortably-from avoiding sore nipples to simply enjoying the amazing bonding experience
  • new insights into old approaches toward latching and attaching, ages and stages, and answers to the most-asked questions
  • strategies for moms who choose to breastfeed for a short time or who plan to nurse for a year or more
  • reassuring information on nursing after a C-section or delivery complications
  • recent scientific data that highlight the many lifelong health benefits of breastfeeding
  • helpful tips for building your support network-at home or when back at work
  • nursing special-needs infants, premies, multiples, and how to thrive no matter what curveball life throws
  • guidance on breast health issues, weight gain, day care, colic, postpartum depression, food allergies, and medications

    Plus-Internet references for further information, including La Leche League support sites and groups.

    Mothers bringing babies into a new world want sustainable, healthy, positive ways to help their children blossom and thrive. There is no better beginning for your baby than the womanly art of breastfeeding.

    From the authors of Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family

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Product details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Pinter & Martin Ltd.; 8th revised and updated edition (13 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905177402
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905177400
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.4 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading - from pregnancy to childhood 19 July 2010
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I am so excited about this new edition of Womanly Art of Breastfeeding - it is a one-stop source of clear and encouraging information about becoming a mum and getting to grips with breastfeeding. It is written in such a gentle supportive way that it is easy to read and understand at a time when you might feel overwhelmed or bleary-eyed! It covers all you need to know (including things you didn't realise you needed!) about how to get to know your baby and enjoy breastfeeding - and helps you avoid and overcome any early problems as you and your baby get to know each other. I wish I had had this earlier with my children - it would have given me much more confidence about what I was doing and given me much needed support. It doesn't just cover breastfeeding, but sleeping, solids, working, weaning and loads more and has really practical realistic advice. You can dip in or read it from cover to cover and keep discovering gems of information. There is a really good section on tech support which covers a huge array of practical questions and concerns about your baby and breastfeeding. I love the 'tear-off sheets' in the back for when you just want a quick reminder, including a tick-list of how many poos your newborn has done! Forget baby clothes or toys - this is a perfect present for any pregnant or new (or old!) mum.. they can't have it too soon and will give them years of information and support.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding 6 Sep 2010
This edition is a lot thicker than my old one, so I was wondering how I would get on with it, but found it great - easy to dip into as it is well planned out and the sections are short enough to make for easy reading.

The content is super! Down-to-earth yet touches the heart; practical whilst making a mother feel good about the way she is choosing to mother her baby. It encourages you to tap into your own instincts and do what feels right for you. I love the quirky little bits, like "Trust the Fists" (pg 120), which explains how when a baby is hungry he tends to clench his fists tightly. It's stuff like that that makes this book what it is - a mine of information as well as making you feel good about how you mother your baby.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'The' breastfeeding book 13 Nov 2010
By Becca
What a wonderful book! I can't fault it. Well written, accessible, useful for complete beginners and veterans alike. I recommend it to all mums-to-be, and not just yoghurt-knitters like me, but anyone wanting to know more about breastfeeding.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 12 Aug 2013
By Daisy P
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I bought this book a little reluctantly when I was desperate for some help after my 3rd child was born tongue-tied. I had seen it recommend numerous times on a baby forum and decided to try it as a secondary book to another one I had bought at the same time. This one arrived first, however, and I never got around to reading the other one!

I say reluctantly because I am very scientific and matter-of-fact in the way that I think and I figured this book to be a wishy-washy lovey-dovey anti-formula book of mush. The reality was quite different! Or maybe it just brain-washed me into loving the wishy-washy lovey-dovey anti-formula way of thinking? I'm not even sure. Regardless, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It helped me with the technical, how-to side of breastfeeding (and other aspects of tiny-baby care) as well as teaching me something that I had not learnt when nursing my first two children: how to *enjoy* breastfeeding!

I had not managed to breastfeed my first two for as long as I had wanted. It was not a very enjoyable experience for me in the end and both times ended with a distressed mother and baby and an emergency trip to the supermarket for some formula. Why did I not know about The Womanly Art Of Breastfeeding until my 3rd child?! I fully credit this book to helping me succeed in and enjoy breastfeeding my 3rd child for 14 months, when it ended on *my* terms.

I recommend this book to anyone expecting a baby!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I find this book tops as a resource for all my breastfeeding questions. I am now feeding my second, and still I refer to it. My girl wanted to start nursing again, and it helped me with positioning 2, and also with ideas on keeping her busy whilst I need to feed the baby alone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure chest of information 2 Feb 2011
By Maggie
This book is a well written, up to date, encyclopaedia of breastfeeding information. It contains everything you need to know, from pre-birth preparation onwards.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This book goes a long way to banishing the unpleasant and untrue myths about breastfeeding: that a woman won't have enough milk, that she must stop if she gets mastitis or a plugged duct, that she must supplement with formula, that breastfeeding is unnatural or uncomfortable, etc. Instead of perpetuating fear and discomfort about breastfeeding, The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding strives to reintroduce breastfeeding as the natural, normal way to feed an infant and to get rid of some of the stigmas surrounding breastfeeding.

Particularly useful are the many pages on what to do if you have a problem, with specific solutions to problems and suggestions for places to go for help if things aren't working. While some of the positions taken may be considered extreme by those who have not been exposed to breastfeeding before (i.e. that breastmilk is the only nourishment a child needs until at least the age of six months, that breastfeeding can and should be continued for as long as a child wants to), it is a very naturalistic view of feeding an infant, and goes back to the roots of humankind to establish what is and has for millennia been the biological norm.

Another useful item in the book is a set of pages that are designed to be removed (or printed from the La Leche League website) to be posted on the refrigerator or in an otherwise accessible place for easy reference when it comes to some basic information and reminders about what is normal during breastfeeding.

All in all, it is an excellent 'Bible' of breastfeeding for those interested in a natural, healthy, and easy way to feed their infant.
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1.0 out of 5 stars For the already converted.
Bought this based on glowing reviews but found it terrible! Preachy, dated, and made me feel like a bad mother before I'd even given birth. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Elizabeth Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful comprehensive book about Breastfeeding for mothers and...
A wonderful comprehensive book about Breastfeeding for mothers and professionals equally - writen and published by the oldest and most knowledgeable breastfeeding organisation... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Annette Sawatzki
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading
Essential reading for anyone planning to breastfeed. I wish I had read this before I started but it has been very helpful anyway.
Published 13 days ago by woodpecker345
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant book full of hints and tips .... perfectly packaged
Published 18 days ago by kirsty harvey
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
I found this book extremely helpful, reassuring and informative. Definitely a great gift to a new mum to be who wishes to breast feed
Published 1 month ago by deborah cotton
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book
This is a great book. I only wish I would have bought it and read a few chapters before my daughter was born. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ms. Sarah R. Couper
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
Lots of info and detail. Well laid out and user friendly. Very encouraging and deals with numerous issues. Great book.
Published 2 months ago by Doreen Barrouil
3.0 out of 5 stars I didn't benefit at all from this book
There was no mention of how to protect and prevent mastitis in this book. Huge focus on breast feeding, no mention on nipple care and options for treatments should you develop... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr R Y T Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential - Bible of Breastfeeding!
This really is the BIBLE of BREAST FEEDING, litteraly everything you need to know and a really great reference book I just dipped into every time I needed a bit of help from... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ms. E. G. Austin
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