NCT: Breastfeeding for Beginners Paperback – 20 May 2002
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From the Back Cover
Current research shows that breast is definitely best, so where mothers can breastfeed, it is crucial that they are given the right advice and support. The NCT has over 40 years' experience of helping new mothers breastfeed successfully and this brand new edition gives mothers all the information they might need.
Topics covered include:
• Why breast is best
• Positioning your baby
• How much and how often
• Overcoming possible problems, such as soreness or colic
• Returning to work and expressing milk
• Special cases: twins and premature babies
• Introducing solids and when to stop breastfeeding
This is a practical and easy-to-use guide will make breastfeeding a rewarding and painless experience.
About the Author
Caroline Deacon is an NCT breastfeeding counsellor and tutor. She also works as a freelance journalist, writing for parenting magazines on a wide variety of issues. Most importantly, Caroline is the inspired mother of three young children who first introduced her to the fascinating subject of breastfeeding.
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Top Customer Reviews
I have lent this book to a number of friends who have also found it useful.
It is a good balance of theory, mother's own stories, checklists and useful advise. It can be read from cover to cover or refered to using the index.
Read it before your baby is born and refer it to during the early weeks - it does get easier trust me.
Imagine that you wanted a book about how to repair a bicycle puncture. You go out and buy 'Bicycle Punctures for Beginners' and expect to find some instructions on how to repair punctures, maybe some clear, labeled diagrams some hints and tips on how to repair particularly tricky punctures, that kind of thing.
What you don't expect is a book about the environmental benefits of riding a bicycle as opposed to driving a car. The importance of riding a bicycle, other people's opinions on bicycles, where you can ride your bicycle and what to do if you can't ride a bicycle. But don't forget, cars are generally pretty bad things.
Whilst this is a slightly exaggerated analogy, this 16 chapter-long book has just six short pages on the actual mechanics of, you know, breastfeeding. There are some pictures, but they're not annotated or labeled in any way. There is talk of different positions and holds but no diagrams of them to relate to (what does an 'underarm hold' look like? No idea? Me neither). In fact, nearly every picture is of a mother gazing adoringly at their baby. Is this the trick?
I don't need beating round the head repeatedly about the benefits of breastfeeding - I've just bought the book, of course I want to breastfeed! Every other book I own and every healthcare professional I come into contact with are doing a perfectly adequate job of backing this up, thanks. What I needed were some guidance on 'How?', not 'Why?'.
There may well be comprehensive books on how to breastfeed out there, but this isn't it. If, however you want a book about pros and cons on breastfeeding as a concept or a general overview, then this is worth a read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A really good clear read. Easy to follow, sensible advice when you need it and you can dip in and out as required to solve problems / issues.Published on 4 April 2014 by Carol
Although i have breast feeding experience i did want to brush up on some knowledge before baby is born. Read morePublished on 7 Feb. 2014 by claire Brennan
Given that this is an NCT book I was surprised to find that there is a disappointing lack of detail and advice on the mechanics of breastfeeding, e.g. Read morePublished on 27 Oct. 2011 by Adam Morrison
I borrowed this from the local library and was very glad I hadn't paid for a copy! The information is extremely basic and you can get far more detailed and helpful advice from a... Read morePublished on 30 May 2010 by L. Aldridge