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NCT: Breastfeeding for Beginners Paperback – 20 May 2002

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Product details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Thorsons; New edition edition (20 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007136080
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007136087
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 1 x 18.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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This is a great book for first time breastfeeders. Just the right amount of information and you have the security that, coming from the NCT, its going to be accurate, research based information. Every woman coming to breastfeeding for the first time should be issued this book in pregnancy - it covers not only the common things like positioning and how milk is made but also common problems too.
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Ok as far as it goes but only covers the bare essentials - good if your baby has turned up in a hurry and you don't have time to read more than a few pages! Other books (such as 'So that's what their for') contain more information that answers more questions
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I found this book very useful, I read it whilst pregnant and I am still dipping into it 18 months later. I am sure that the understanding that I gained from this book helped me and my son establish and maintain a succesful breast feeding partnership which we are still enjoying 18 months later.
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.
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EXCELLENT - I did not read this book until about 6 weeks after my son was born, but I found it excellent, it answered so many questions and put my mind at rest about breast feeding.
Read it before your baby is born and refer it to during the early weeks - it does get easier trust me.
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I found this book very informative and helpful. It described the process of breastfeeding in simple, easy to read language. It was easy to follow and offered information on where to go if further help was needed.
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I really enjoyed reading this book. It was supportive without being too militant. It answered a lot of questions I had about breastfeeding and I am sure I will refer to it often when I have my baby. The only reason why it didn't get 5 stars was I thought it was a little short and could have had some picture or diagrams describing how to position the baby instead of just a written description.
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A very misleading title - doesn't really do what it says.

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.
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