The Nursing Mother's Companion

The Nursing Mother's Companion

Book - 2010 | 6th ed., completely rev. and updated.
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Breastfeeding is natural, but it is not entirely instinctive for either mothers or babies. The Nursing Mother's Companion has been among the best-selling books on breastfeeding for 25 years, and is respected and recommended by professionals and well loved by new parents for its encouraging and accessible style. Kathleen Huggins equips breastfeeding mothers with all the information they need to overcome potential difficulties and nurse their babies successfully from the first week through the toddler years, or somewhere in between.This fully updated and extensively revised edition provides new information on topics such as: ? Nursing after a cesarean ? How to resume breastfeeding after weaning (relactation) ? Nursing a "near-term? (3?to?5 weeks premature) baby ? Treating postpartum headaches and nausea ? Nutritional supplements to alleviate postpartum depression ? Sharing a baby with baby (co-sleeping) and the risk of SIDS ? Introducing solid foods ? Expressing, storing, and feeding breast milk ? Reviews of breast pumpsReaders will also find Huggins's indispensable problem-solving "survival guides,? set off by colored bands on the pages for quick reference, as well as appendices on determining baby's milk needs in the first six weeks and the safety of various drugs during breast-feeding. Now more than ever, The Nursing Mother's Companion is the go-to guide every new mother should have at hand.
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Harvard Common Press, c2010.
Edition: 6th ed., completely rev. and updated.
ISBN: 9781558327207
Branch Call Number: 649.33 HUGGINS
Characteristics: x, 358 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


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Feb 16, 2017

The summary on the back says that "breastfeeding is natural, but it is not entirely instinctual..." and that is so true. This book is comforting and engaging and informative. It covers everything. I'm a reader, so I read it cover to cover, but you don't have to. This means that I even read some pages that covered how to train yourself to produce milk for breastfeeding an adopted infant! Fascinating.

Like I said, though: it's an excellent book to have as a resource if you're choosing to breastfeed. It's informative without ever coming across as judge-y. My boy and I hit pretty nearly every roadbump mentioned in the book, and I found it comforting to read that they're common roadbumps! There are so many stages to the breastfeeding process, too, and this book can help prepare you for the next stage, whatever that stage may be. If you're able to continue breastfeeding and/or pumping for the entire first year, the book also covers the weaning process; if you choose to keep going, the book describes what it looks like to breastfeed a toddler. And if you are not able to make it the whole first year, the book tells you options for that, too- without judgement. I love it.

The Nursing Mother's Companion is time-tested and chock full of information. I highly recommend!

Aug 07, 2012

highly recommended!!


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