Bestfeeding: How to Breastfeed Your Baby Paperback – 30 Jun 2004
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"Beautiful to look at and easy to read. BESTFEEDING reaffirms the joy and ease of breastfeeding when a mother has access to both information and ongoing support. A positive and helpful book."
Beautiful to look at and easy to read, BESTFEEDING reaffirms the joy and ease of breastfeeding when a mother has access to both information and ongoing support. A positive and helpful book. -Marian Tompson, cofounder, La Leche League International"Among the myriad 'how-to'¬? books on breastfeeding, BESTFEEDING delivers an immensely practical guide to successful nursing. This valuable reference will enable mothers to avoid problems and enjoy their experience."-Jane Morton, M.D., Stanford University Medical Center"BESTFEEDING is a virtual treasury of the collective wisdom on breastfeeding, and it is now my first choice for parents." -Marshall Klaus, M.D., author of The Doula Book
About the Author
MARY RENFREW is a professor of midwifery studies and director of the mother and infant research unit at the University of Leeds, England. She travels internationally to teach and speak at conferences on midwifery and breastfeeding.
SUZANNE ARMS has been a pioneer in the breastfeeding movement since 1970. Suzanne has received the prestigious Lamaze International Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding contributions to the world of birth. She lives in Durango, Colorado.
CHLOE FISHER worked as a midwife for more than 30 years. Today, from her home in Oxford, England, she still works on a daily basis with breastfeeding mothers and babies.
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However, the tone of the book is a bit too preachy at times. The authors insist that all problems are down to positioning and that you will only get sore/ cracked nipples if your positioning is wrong, and that if you get a sore or cracked nipple, sorting the positioning will remove the pain of feeding within a couple of feeds. They tell you that resting the breast will not help, and that nipple cream will not help.
In my experience, this is not true, and I fear that such hardline advice may be counterproductive. I can well imagine a new mother getting a cracked nipple, as I did, reading that her positioning was at fault, as I did, looking at the pictures and being unable to see what she was doing wrong and wondering why it still hurt despite her baby feeding as per the instructions, as I did. She may very well conclude that she simply can't get breastfeeding right, especially if she's suffering from baby blues and lack of sleep, and decide to give up and put her baby onto formula.
Fortunately, my local breastfeeding counsellor reassured me that sore and cracked nipples can happen despite correct positioning, especially if a baby is ready for milk before the milk comes in. She advised me to apply a lanolin cream and not feed from the cracked nipple for a while, and express milk in the meantime. The nipple had healed within 24 hours, my milk supply was unaffected, and my baby adequately fed - all things the book told me simply would not happen if I rested the nipple and applied lanolin!
In summary, I'd say that I would recommend this book to someone who wanted to breastfeed, but tell them to look at the pictures and advice on positioning, but to take some of the other advice with a pinch of salt.
I would also recommend this book to anyone pregnant to prepare them if they decide to breastfeed.
The research .explains a babies primitive reflexes immediatelly they are born.These reflexes if sensitively allowed to take place will lead to a new born infant reaching the mothers breast and latching on succesfuly.We have a tendancy to be ignorant of these very powerful relexes when a baby is born.
In my experience you will successfully breast feed your baby if you follow the logic in this book.It has been written by midwives who practice what they have preached.I have met and worked along side Chloe Fisher.I consider her work in this book second to none.
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