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Breast is Best (Pan original) Paperback – 6 May 1983

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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (6 May 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330281100
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330281102
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,363,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I have just purchased this revised edition of this book. I have had this title on my bookshelf over 14 years (previous edition). Over these years I have breastfed all my babies (five of them!)
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.
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I'm a 19 yr old single mum and am currently breasfeeding my 13 month old son.
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.
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I only read this book when I was past the most difficult stages of breastfeeding, about 10 weeks, and should have read it before my baby was born. It is excellent: clear and detailed. The particular section I found useful was that on increasing the milk supply, there are loads of tips which really work. As worry about milk supply is a common reason people give up breastfeeding this section is very valuable.
It's a real breastfeeding bible.
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This book is marvellous.

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.
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This may not be an easy book to read through before the birth of your child due to the amount of information it contains, but it is invaluable as a reference source if you develop problems with feeding. Other books tend to mention problems almost in passing, without a clear guide as to how to manage them, whereas this one is full of practical advice about the full range of complications. It has been an invaluable resource for myself and several friends, helping us deal with a spectrum of feeding problems successfully.
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Book arrived on time, in the condition described. I found this book so useful when I had my daughter, as I hadn't been successful feeding my son previously. When I learnt that my daughter-in-law was worried about her ability too, I remembered this and tried to find it. So was thrilled to discover it was still in print. Only time will tell if it works the second time around.
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This excellent book, lent to me by a friend, encouraged me to breastfeed my own two children thirty years ago, and I was delighted to be able to buy the revised version for my daughter who is now expecting her first 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!
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