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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pinter & Martin Ltd. (9 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190517733X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905177332
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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"Ina May Gaskin is an international treasure. Her new guide to breastfeeding is the best thing ever written on the subject. A must-have for all pregnant women interested in the best start for their babies." --Christiane Northrup, M.D., Author of Women' s Bodies, Women's Wisdom"and The Wisdom of Menopause "This book is all we've come to expect of Ina May Gaskin--warm, wise, solidly based in real experiences, and sensitive to the needs and lives of women in all their complexity. It's the only breastfeeding book you'll need."--Barbara Katz Rothman and Wendy Simonds, authors of "Laboring On" "Simply put, midwife Ina May Gaskin is the most important person in maternity care in North America, bar none."--Marsden Wagner, M.D., M.S., former Director of Women' s and Children's Health, World Health Organization "Breastfeeding is one of life' s greatest joys. And there is no better guide to have at your side than the legendary Ina May!"--Harvey Karp, M.D., author of The Hap

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"Ina May Gaskin is an international treasure. Her new guide to breastfeeding is the best thing ever written on the subject. A must-have for all pregnant women interested in the best start for their babies." Christiane Northrup, M.D., Author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause

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I read this after recently finishing Ina May's Guide to Childbirth (which by the way, I loved) and I have to expect I was expecting a bit of 70s style hippy-earth-mother-breastfeeding rant (not that there would be anything wrong with that)! Sure, there was a section on wet-nursing and the ability of grandmothers to lactate that some may find a bit "out there" but I was suprised at the level of practical advice and I think that much of the information is very relevant to modern women, for example, those returning to work who want breast pumping help. In fact, for me, if anything the level of practical information was almost tedious in parts and I am never convinced that the best place to go for information and help at 3am with a screaming baby refusing to latch on is a book. I think that by far the strongest point of this book is the political message- that all women have a right to breastfeed and all babies have a right to drink breastmilk. I loved the section towards the end that dealt with nipplephobia and breastfeeding in public- I think any pregnant or new mum reading this and struggling with the idea of breastfeeding away from home would find this very empowering. Written with Ina May's down-to-earth and no-fuss style and humour, it was very easy to read. I read this pregant with my second child and would definitely recommend this book to anyone expecting a baby!
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A truly fantastic book. Very well written and easy to understand. Every topic is covered with sound advice to follow. I have managed to avoid the doctors twice with the use of this book. My Daughter and I are now enjoying painless breastfeeding thanks to Ina May. I highly reccommend this book.
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I wrote the "rival" book on breastfeeding, The Food of Love, but I think this is fantastic. You get important, comprehensive information with dealing with breastfeeding problems. Gaskin also offers sound advice on teaching your baby "good manners" and addressing problem behaviours, while remaining compassionate and sympathetic to baby's needs. Plus her analysis of the cultural context of breastfeeding, and thoughts on cross-feeding are a really valuable addition to the breastfeeding canon. Breastfeeding cannons? Interesting image...
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Is this like all the other 'Breastfeeding Guides'? Definitley not! I wanted to be impressed that the latest and greatest research was included such as 'Biological Nurturing' and it was. The book is so well written its like having Ina right their beside you every step of the way helping you learn the skills of breastfeeding and dealing with societies un-baby friendly views about breastfeeding. Can't think of anything that hasn't been not only covered but solutions offered.
Dana Hunter
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I really like Ina May Gaskins books ,and I think this book gives a well rounded understanding of breastfeeding,a little pushy now and then ,it also gave answers to questions I felt a little to embarrassed to ask the midwives (hey If your like me you honestly had no clue about breastfeeding) I will recommend this book to all my friends when they decide to have children
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I love her approach to all the challenges that having a new baby brings, especially in this book in terms of breastfeeding. Its made me look at it in a new light that can only help my practice as a midwife in the future.
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Awesome book buy this and marvel at the common sense and wonder of breastfeeding your baby
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During first 4 weeks of newborns life i had a lot of breast feeding problems, very sore nipples, bleeding nipples, cracked nipples, 2 bouts of mastitis, problems latching on, colic and my baby was diagnosed with reflux disorder. I saw 4 midwives and 2 lactation consultants who all told me that my latch was fine and couldn't work out why I was so sore and baby was reacting the way that she was when we put her to the breast. we wouldn't have got such a quick diagnosis of the reflux had we not recognised the symptoms from the information in in mays guide to breastfeeding. the quick diagnosis led to a very simple medication (infant gaviscon) that has improved both my childs and our lives considerably. I have also recovered unbelievably fast and prevented further mastitis infections from the info in this book. At 2 am when you are fed up and need a quick answer (sounds daft i know) i have referred to this book. hence we kept it bedside until very recently.

Its a really interesting, practical book, i strongly recomend that you read it as well as ina may gaskins spiritual midwifery Spiritual Midwifery to help squash any birth fears, it certainly helped me.
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