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Food of Love, The: Your Formula for Successful Breastfeeding Paperback – 14 Aug 2008
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"Vibrant, exciting, funny--and based on up-to-date research." -- Sheila Kitzinger
This book is meant as a funny, handy guide to help new mothers enjoy their baby and is a valuable addition to the existing literature on the emotive subject of breastfeeding. The book is easy to read and... includes numerous pictures to look at if you are feeling too tired or brain-dead to read. It is a fun way to present the advantages of breastfeeding, yet Kate Evans has also included the latest facts and research surrounding breastfeeding... The Food of Love will meet the needs of many new mums and is likely to be of use to breastfeeding counsellors, antenatal teachers, midwives and health professionals.See all Product description
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I first borrowed this book from my local Breastfeeding Network drop in centre. I was at a low point and was just about ready to give up. I took this home with me and I literally could not put it down. The comics and artwork inside are funny but true. I felt connected to the author, as I just knew what she was talking about.
Eventually I had to return the book of course, and decided to get my very own copy.
That said, please pay absolutely no attention to the chapter "Hey, Stop That!" in which the author does a complete about face, jumps well off the 'Attachment Parenting' bandwagon, and starts going on about 'naughty steps' and treating your toddler like a puppy... 'get down to their level and a stern "NO"...' etc.
For parenting advice that actually fits with attachment (or responsive) parenting, read Unconditional Parenting by Alfie Kohn, and/or Connection Parenting by Pam Leo.
Also, in my copy of this book there is a chapter towards the end which gives incorrect, out-dated advice about how to prepare formula; saying to make it up in advance and store in the fridge.
Formula powder is not sterile, if you do have to formula feed you should always boil a fresh kettle, and make the feed up as soon as you can, whilst the water is still very hot (over 70 degrees) to kill off bacteria in the milk powder. Then you shake /mix the formula and then cool the bottle by standing it in a bowl of cold water, or running it under the cold tap, and feed it immediately.
Great drawings and easy to read.
Would definite recommend for anyone, who is having any kind of interest in birth and breast feeding, or even not quite sure, which feeding method to chose.
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