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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good troubleshooting guide to prepare you and build your confidence 21 Sept. 2014
By Amelia - Published on
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This book offers a good overview of breastfeeding. I especially liked all the information about how to build a strong breastfeeding relationship from the start, those first moments after birth, and how to identify and respond to problematic advice from practitioners and family members that might negatively impact the relationship and the development of a strong milk supply. I feel much more confident about my ability to successfully breastfeed after reading this book. It starts out feeling a little hokey, talking about visualizing success, but stick with it. There is a lot of practical information after that initial section.

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.
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST book I read before baby 29 May 2014
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and I read a ton of books. This book is very practical and awesome. I encourage everyone I know to read it BEFORE the baby comes so that they can understand their bodies and breastfeeding from an intellectual standpoint without all the emotion that gets added after birth. This book was also fun to read because it is told as individual stories and how they resolved problems.
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!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great overview of breastfeeding 18 Nov. 2009
By J. L. Kisamore - Published on
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I really enjoyed this book. I'm a soon to be mom and this was a good primer on breastfeeding. It covers all the main issues without trying to sell you specific products or coming off as if you are about to join a cult (like another breastfeeding book I read).
5.0 out of 5 stars Great. 8 Nov. 2010
By Amanda - Published on
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Loved this book it has helped me to become a more informed mother and thusly a better mother to my son. I wish I would have had it when he was born. Now that I do tho I will make better choice for my next child. Breast feeding in my opinion is the better choice for our babies and it's the choice I will make next time. It was not this book alone that helped me to this conclusion but many along the way. This is a very informative book that can help guide where you need to go on what can be a long journey.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 May 2016
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Recommend for anyone planning to nurse. Pass it along to your friends too!
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