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Breastfeeding: The Essential Guide Paperback – 31 Aug 2004
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"This really is a fantastic read and excellent value for money at £5.99" --The Self Publishing magazine, Summer 2007
Essential reading for all mums-to-be or new mums who are thinking about breastfeeding --Babyworld.co.uk, Book Review, February 2006
..the easiest and most comprehensive book we have found on breastfeeding. Simple, encouraging and very informative. --PHP, The Baby Catalogue, book review, Winter 2005
From the Author
I have been involved with the education and support of breastfeeding mothers for the past 20 years. As a midwife, this has been just one part of a very rewarding career. As a mother, having breastfed my own children for a combined total of 7 years, it has become a lot more.
I am not saying that you have to experience breastfeeding in order to teach others, but it definitely helps. Most of the trials and tribulations that so many women suffer, on their road to successful breastfeeding, have also happened to me. This is why I understand the highs and lows so well and can hopefully guide you through. I also understand that real life does not include a nanny or constant support from friends and relatives. Real life means juggling work, home, other children, partners and its exhausting!
So how can something that appears to take up so much time really fit into a busy mothers life? This is what I want to de-mystify. Once you have established breastfeeding, there is no better stress-buster around! The natural high that occurs with every feed is available on tap whenever you and your baby need it. More importantly it is free and should be enjoyed by all. So many women have told me that they regret having not persevered with breastfeeding and that they wished my tips had been around when they needed them. This is why I am determined to spread the word about the pleasurable side of feeding that is so often overlooked. Not only is it best for your baby, but it is best for you too!
In 2002 I wrote down my experiences, as a way of introducing breastfeeding to women, in an easy-to-read format, combined with all the tricks of the trade, so to speak! It is evidence-based and would be an ideal introduction to parents, student midwives, midwives and returning midwives.
Sharon Trotter October 2004
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Some really helpful tips and advice although it does only touch the surface of breastfeeding.
Best bit is that it doesn't take long to read and the advice is clear to understand.
However, it fails badly on two counts.
First, the author asserts that newborns should "feed on demand" without giving a *maximum* time to allow between feeds. New babies can sleep for up to six hours, which is far too long to go without feeding and can cause dehydration very quickly - in these cases they have to be woken up to feed, not 'fed on demand'.
Secondly, the author fails to address the problem of mothers not having enough milk. In fact, she asserts, "Your breasts will provide exactly the right amount of milk." This is simply not true. Many women do not have enough milk, just as others overproduce, and believing that your baby 'must' be getting enough can lead to dangerously underfed babies. I breastfed exclusively, with plenty of help with positioning and following all the advice; my baby lost 15% of her birth weight in a week; we discovered that I was producing about a third of the milk she needed.
This is not a minor problem, or a particularly rare one. It is extremely distressing to the mother and risky for the baby (who will also cry non-stop with misery and hunger). And it goes almost completely unacknowledged in pro-breastfeeding literature, presumably because the breastfeeding advocates don't want to admit that Mother Nature is fallible. I would have had a great deal more respect for this pro-breastfeeding tract if it acknowledged the real problems women face, instead of demonising formula milk and suggesting that all the problems will go away if you simply persevere with breastfeeding.
If you have no trouble breastfeeding but want some moral support, this book would doubtless be fine. Otherwise, try 'What to expect when you're breastfeeding...and what if you can't' by Clare Byam-Cook, which has a realistic assessment of possible problems.
Due to a variety of reasons, our daughter had not been able to successfully latch on by the time we were discharged from hospital when she was 3 days old. However, with the help, guidance & support of this book & its author (& a little determination & perseverance) she was able to latch on by day 6, with no need to express breast milk or bother with the hassle of sterilising feeding equipment by day 10. By 3 weeks & 3 days, we were both extrememly happy, confident & relaxed breastfeeders & thanks to this book, we have never looked back since. Without Sharon's support and words of encouragement, had we solely followed the advice of our "health professionals", I am convinced we would never have got to this stage in our breastfeeding journey! THANK YOU, Sharon Trotter - we really can't thank you enough & I will always recommend your book & your advice (available via TIPS limited.co.uk & Sharon Trotter.org) to anyone interested in breast feeding.
Buy this book and you will not be disappointed!
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