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What to Expect When You're Breastfeeding...And What If You Can't?
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on 3 May 2014
I struggled miserably with feeding. Without the calm, sane advice of CBCook I think I might really have been heading for a depression. Hearing from everyone that you just need to persist, isn't any help at all. For anyone who's found the nose to nipple utter nonsense, here's the reason why.
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38 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on 3 December 2008
If you're having trouble breastfeeding, reading this book is the worst you can do. Written with staggering arrogance normally reserved for organised religions this book does not allow for the fact that some people will experience a lot of pain while breastfeeding, even when you are doing it right, and will put the blame for the pain squarely on you. Not exactly what you need in that situation. I wished this book had never entered our home.
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31 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on 10 October 2002
... I thought the book was very helpful and balanced.
As a new mother, I had a really tough time establishing breastfeeding and felt like such a failure because most of the literature around and the breastfeeding fanatics all said "it comes so naturally". I think many mothers will agree with me that it does NOT "come naturally" as it tends to hurt horribly to start with and your milk supply takes longer than "a few days" (try a few weeks!) to get sorted (especially if you have had a c section or other complications).
Clare takes a very balanced approach to breastfeeding which is what new mothers need - what is MOST IMPORTANT here is the HEALTH of your new baby (you don't want it to starve) and YOUR OWN SANITY. The last thing your baby needs is a mother suffering from insecurity and depression from not being able to breastfeed successfully.
This book provides advice on how to deal with the likely problems of breastfeeding (and there are MANY of them), and if you don't succeed after trying your very best, it says "it's okay" - which it is - and provides a useful help on bottle feeding (which is not the end of the world!) I would recommend it to all new mothers who encounter problems and want helpful advice with no pressure.(P.S. I am still breastfeeding after 2.5 months despite lots of problems with mastisis, low milk supply, very sleepy baby, etc. which for me is amazing).
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on 13 November 2013
This book was a a great help for me when I struggled with breast feeding my second child. It was recommended by a friend and I have recommended it to many others. It is full of tips to help you breastfeed. I just wish I had read the book when I had my first.
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on 19 September 2014
Good practical,workable advice that works and author does not make you feel like you're the worst mother in the world if you do have to give the occasional bottle! Would have liked more advice on getting baby latched on as this is the trickiest bit
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on 14 December 2013
I thought this book was excellent. Easy to read. Lots of great advice if you have any problems. I've certainly learnt more from this book than any of the midwives or health visitors I've dealt with. I would thoroughly recommend it.
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32 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on 10 January 2005
I've never read a breastfeeding book which seemed more set up for failure: and that starts with the title. I've never known an author so quick to put it into women's heads that they will fail. One example: she says that women with unresponsive inverted nipples will simply not be able to feed: I'm a living embodfiement of how wrong that is, but if I'd read this when pregnant who knows? And her 'what if you can't' advice simply seems to be to say "don't feel guilty - just ge on with your life": how patronising.
Thank goodness for people like the NCT breastfeeding counsellors, whose more positive and constructive attitude helped me to believe in myself.
"...and have a Life of Your Own" - more scaremongering. I wouldn't want my old life back, thank you very much. I've learnt so much from finding my way with my daughter. I'd never have gained that valuable insight if I'd stuck to a book like this.
Try 'Bestfeeding' instead...
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 10 September 2009
A very useful book containing practical advice which I will be referring to regularly once I have produced my baby!! I recommend this book if you are feeling a little nervous but know you want to breastfeed, as this makes you feel that although it wont necessarily be an "easy ride" it is one which almost anyone can accomplish with the right support and attitude.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 3 June 2009
I struggled with breastfeeding and eventually I had to give up. I did read several articles, leaflets and books, but unfortunately not this one. Having read it since I wish I had bought it when I was struggling - there are lots of points in this book that you can try if you are having difficulty feeding. I also think it lives up to the title as it clearly lays out what to expect and covers bottle feeding as well.
I would be happy to recommend it to others as a useful book but cannot comment on how it helps to establish breastfeeding due to when I read it.
If I have another child I will refer to it and would invest in the accompanying DVD too. I shall be lending it to my friend who is due in 3 months time as I think it would be useful to read prior to feeding as well as to help solve problems
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 30 June 2013
Of course not everything inthis book will apply, and some things get missed out... like "cluster feeding" and it is ok that sometimes your baby feeds ALL evening long.... but as a book for a beginner first time mum I loved it, and have recommended it to all my pregnant friends... every baby is different, but it was so helpful to make a start with this book! BUY IT!!
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