Breast is Best (Pan original) Paperback – 6 May 1983
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About the Author
Penny Stanway qualified in medicine in 1968 at King's College Hospital Medical School, London. She spent some time in general practice and specialized in paediatrics, later becoming a senior medical officer in community child health. Her interest in breastfeeding began while working in the community and intensified after her first child was born, when she realized that much of the information available to mothers was inaccurate and unhelpful. The first edition of the enormously popular Breast is Best was published in 1978 and has gone through several editions since then, but has remained continuously in print. She lives in London and the Republic of Ireland. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book gave me the confidence to feed my first child, it enabled me to handle well meaning, but insensitive comments from family members, but above all, it completely enlightened me with regard to the true benefits of breastfeeding to both mother and baby. Everyone knows 'breast is best', but this book explains exactly why this is so. If you read this book you won't ever want to give your baby anything but breast milk.
The book also contains a useful section that covers breastfeeding when on medication etc or facing an operation for example. This is very useful as there are very few situations where breastfeeding cannot continue. It also gives reassuring information on the baby weight charts that mothers worry about so much.
To summarise, this book is very informative. It explains a lot about how breast milk is absorbed and the need for frequent feeds and so on. It is quite reassurring to breastfeeding mothers, many of whom in today's generation may not have experienced another friend or family member breastfeeding,and so may be lacking in knowledge or confidence.
I brought this book when my little boy was about 3 months old - namely because i was under a lot of pressure to wean. This book is absolutely brillant and provides lots of help for increasing low milk supply (a reason why many mothers stop BF) and gives practical solutions to many problems one encounters. I learnt a lot more about the health benefits for both myself and my son by breastfeeding and this armed me with more confidence to make a stand against early weaning. It also has a section for mothers returning to work.
As a result, my son was exclusively breastfed until a year old. I managed to express each day at work and the book gives lots of tips regarding milk storage.
I still read through the book every now and then - especially since there is a section devoted to feeding the "older" baby. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who needs more support in their decision to BF. I intend to keep it in my home for future reference.
It's a real breastfeeding bible.
Ok some of the opinions on childcare and routine (whch is very minimal anyway) are not going to hit it right with all, but overall a really great book for every mum to read.
I had been breastfeeding for 3 months when i was hit with repeated mastitis this lowered my breastmilk production and I was on the verge of having to introduce formula to ensure our baby gained weight. Hubby bought me this book and the wealth of information in it not only picked my spirits up but also helped me understand how breastfeeding works. I am now at 6months and my daughter's weight has shot up, she sleeps better, we've been able to put off solids until the 26wk mark etc etc.
I'm not sure I'd have got to this point and still been exclusively breastfeeding without having read this book.
Take the good points from this and fly!
Enjoy these precious moments with your baby.
Even parents committed to breastfeeding need a bit of help, both moral and practical, and they will find the advice they need in these pages.
The layout is practical, with a good index to help the reader go straight to the required advice, and there are useful charts and lists throughout.
If you are pregnant or know someone who is, then buy this book - our children will be healthier for it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I brought this for my daughter as I had this book myself many years ago when breastfeeding and it was the thing that kept me going when all looked bleak. Read morePublished on 22 July 2014 by Mrs. D. L. Hemming
I used this when my children were babies. It really encouraged me to persevere with breast feeding and I was so glad I did for all sorts of reasons- convenience, better for the... Read morePublished on 31 July 2013 by revcav
My Grand Daughter was having trouble breast feeding, this book helped her to understand the reasons for doing so. ThankyouPublished on 10 Feb. 2013 by K Jenkins
good service from supplier, thank you, but book isnt as helpful as i thought it would be. alot of reading, not as much of a reference book as i had been told.Published on 31 May 2012 by MrsBobes14
This book had obviously seen a lot of use in its past life but met the needs and answered many of the questions my daughter had on this subjectPublished on 27 Nov. 2011 by Chris Cheeseman
This is a really really wonderful book. It was given to me while I was pregnant with my first baby. I already knew I wanted to breast feed, but after reading this book I knew I'd... Read morePublished on 30 Sept. 2011 by Nyn
Being such an old book, there are certain aspects that you need to filter out, such as current guidelines - which have changed since writting. Read morePublished on 15 Oct. 2010 by Bunny