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[ THE ABCS OF BREASTFEEDING: EVERYTHING A MOM NEEDS TO KNOW FOR A HAPPY NURSING EXPERIENCE ] by Rubin, Stacey H ( Author) Jan-2008 [ Paperback ] Paperback – 27 Feb 2008
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For the new mom and her baby, breastfeeding provides countless physical and emotional benefits. Breast milk provides proper nourishment, helps strengthen a baby's immune system, and deepens the mother-child bond. However, breastfeeding doesn't always happen as naturally as one might expect. As a Neonatal Practitioner and Board Certified Lactation Consultant (and mother of two), Stacey H. Rubin knows the difficulties new moms can experience. Now, in "The ABCs of Breastfeeding", she offers a practical and reader-friendly guide that will help every new mother feel comfortable and confident about feeding her baby.From pregnancy to weaning, this helpful book will show nursing mothers how to: find a doctor who is breastfeeding-friendly; hold their baby comfortably after birth; recognize the signs that a baby wants to be fed; take necessary steps that will prevent breastfeeding difficulties; build a healthy milk supply; manage the right diet; continue breastfeeding immediately after returning to work; and, know when to stop breastfeeding. Illustrated with real-life stories from the author's own private practice of women who have overcome common and not-so-common breastfeeding difficulties, "The ABCs of Breastfeeding" will help expectant and new mothers turn their nursing experiences into a joyful one - for themselves and their new babies.
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It's format is not as comprehensive as the La Leche League book, and information might be harder to find quickly in this one for referring back to, but this book is also shorter than the La Leche League one, which is a plus if you are strapped for time or have a lot of other topics you are also trying to read up on. It does seem to come from an attachment parenting perspective, and it certainly seems to favor the idea of moms staying home with their babies for as long as possible, but I did not find it to make me feel judged for my plans to return to work (a common critique of the La Leche League book). It actually had a lot of good advice for pumping and maintaining supply and a good relationship even if you have to use daycare.
One note on style: the book has a lot of anecdotes about other mothers' experiences, which you may like or end up getting tired of, depending on how you like your information presented to you. But the information in the anecdotes was helpful.
Bottom line: This could easily be the one book you read about breastfeeding.
Once baby is here and you are actually breastfeeding SO many questions arise and so many varying opinions which is confusing but having read this book, I as able to make decisions for myself and my baby based on the science behind how it all works, and was reassured about when I could use a pump, or was my body making enough, or was baby getting full.. etc.. I read it again for my 2nd child just a as a refresher. The author is brilliant and uses lots of common sense which I feel is lacking in tons of parenting books these days. I have nursed both of my children till their 1st birthday thanks to this book!