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The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding [Paperback]

La Leche League International , Diane Wiessinger , Diana West , Teresa Pitman
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 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.

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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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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23 of 24 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 12 Aug 2013
By Daisy P
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and a good read 6 Mar 2011
I bought this as I am considering becoming a La Leche League Leader. I found the womanly art of breastfeeding to be very informative and covered every aspect I could think of about breastfeeding. It was written in a way that I found easy to read and I learnt a lot from it. Would recommend to anyone who wants to learn more about breast feeding.
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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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4 of 4 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 The best book there is on breastfeeding 2 Sep 2010
This new edition of the Womanly art of Breastfeeding is well worth the wait. It is up to date, well written, and contains so much of what mothers need to know, it is also great for midwives and health visitors. If you are wondering whether to get the new edition, well it is very different to the previous one and you will not regret getting it. The womanly art helped me breastfeed my babies, and it will help you too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommened
Fantastic book. I was feeling so lost & ready to give up breastfeeding when I bought this book and I was getting annoyed at myself for feeling this way. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Sami
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read for every pregnant woman and new mom
A fantastic resource for everything you need to know about breast feeding, this is the book I will gift to all my pregnant friends!
Published 10 days ago by orla
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great book, really useful, both to read the whole thing and to dip into when you have questions or problems. I'd definitely recommend it.
Published 17 days ago by Beth
5.0 out of 5 stars Good support guide
Very comprehensive guide with lots of information. Helpfully set out so you can pick out what areas are specific to you at that time. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Rachel Hardy
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
I wish I'd read this BEFORE I started breastfeeding... So much useful information. Health Visitors and GPs tend not to know very much about breastfeeding and this is such a good... Read more
Published 21 days ago by JayneB
2.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to rate
This book has everything that you need to know to breastfeed successfully (short of having a LC or your infant having a medical condition). Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lanaya
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but very repetitive!
It does have lots of information, but it lacks in organisation, it repeats itself plenty of times, and mixes lots of information making you confuse, all the information should be... Read more
Published 1 month ago by monica roque
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful
Only had my first baby 2 weeks ago but I found this book very useful. I'm sure it will be a great resource to go back to as I continue to breast feed.
Published 1 month ago by Jacqueline Davidson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book - and not only about breastfeeding!
I love this book. It's an invaluable reference for all aspects of breastfeeding and many other aspects of parenting too. I have recommended this book to so many people. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. Kelleher
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book to quash fears about breastfeeding
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... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jessica Beevers
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