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The American Academy of Pediatrics New Mother's Guide to Breastfeeding Mass Market Paperback – Dec 27 2005


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (Dec 27 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553588702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553588705
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.4 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,860,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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For new mothers considering breastfeeding, this is a wonderful book for the new moms-to be like myself. Not only does it give the basics of how to breastfeed but why your body does the amazing things it does!! It has made me feel (already) better prepared for September (my due date) and beyond. I definitely suggest this book to everyone considering to breastfeed. It will be a fantastic resource to go back and read though again and again. ALOHA!!
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Great info Oct. 22 2005
By J. Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is THE breastfeeding book to buy. As a NICU nurse, I am familiar with breastfeeding, but as a new mom, I needed some help. This book addresses the real issues that come up with breastfeeding without passing judgement or inducing guilt if your experience isn't "perfect". (Nobody's is) Also, it addresses the issues of storing milk to let you continue breastfeeding when you go back to work better than any other book I've looked at.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Great Book and resource March 14 2006
By Jenn B - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Great book. I recieved this book at the breastfeeding class I took before I delivered. I used this book all the time when I was nursing, it helped answer a lot of middle of the night questions. I read it before I had my baby, but then I used the table of contents and index after I had the baby to answer a lot of questions I was having. I highly recommend this book to anyone going to have a baby and plans to nurse.
27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
If Amazon offered 6 stars.... April 12 2003
By "plummiee1" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
For new mothers considering breastfeeding, this is a wonderful book for the new moms-to be like myself. Not only does it give the basics of how to breastfeed but why your body does the amazing things it does!! It has made me feel (already) better prepared for September (my due date) and beyond. I definitely suggest this book to everyone considering to breastfeed. It will be a fantastic resource to go back and read though again and again. ALOHA!!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Don't bother March 26 2008
By Jennifer Barretta - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book should be titled "Rah Rah Breastfeeding!". There was too much effort spent convincing you to breastfeed, rather than presenting useful information for nursing mothers. It's also filled with annoyingly sappy stories about mothers who choose to nurse.

Just in case you think I'm anti-breastfeeding, not so! I'm still nursing my little one at 15 months, but I can't say this book was any help at all. The La Leche League website was far more informative and FREE. Don't waste your money.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A very basic guide for beginners April 10 2011
By Sparky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a new mom-to-be, I stumbled across this book at a secondhand store and, from briefly flipping through it, thought it might be helpful, so I grabbed it up. Indeed, it features drawings of latch techniques and positions that I found useful, along with summarized descriptions of many basic breastfeeding topics. However, this book falls seriously short in so many ways, and I realize that more than ever now that I'm actually breastfeeding (my baby is now 3 months old).

First of all, this book is absolutely littered with these ridiculous fictional accounts of women with geriatric-sounding names that address this, that, or the other. It's cumbersome and completely unnecessary to have to skim through fictional "conversations between friends" just to try to weed out factual information on breastfeeding. The readers of this book are adults, not grade-schoolers, and it's hard to take this book seriously as a rational resource due to this unfortunate offense.

Second, I agree that this book harps on and on and on a little too hard about the benefits of breastfeeding (and there are many) while totally glossing over the fact that, to some extent or another, problems arise very frequently and are oftentimes perceived as severe or stressful in new mothers. They touch very lightly on the basics like mastitis and engorgement, but for this to be a truly comprehensive resource, there needs to be MUCH more information on breastfeeding roadblocks. If women read this book and go into it thinking it's going to be a piece of cake, most of them will be in for an unexpected surprise, which might put them at risk for early weaning. My daughter is 3 months and I had mastitis four times which led to a very severe abscess that had to be surgically drained. (I still breastfeed on one side only.) My experience, while not overwhelmingly common, is certainly not unheard of in breastfeeding women, yet the word "abscess" is not even mentioned in the entire book. I feel that they are not taking a realistic approach with their readers by the neglectful omission of many painful issues women may experience while breastfeeding.

Overall, unless you're like me and find it for dirt cheap someplace, I cannot recommend this book. I found La Leche League's website, the Kellymom website, and in-person lactation consultations to be more beneficial in getting the hang of it all. I recommend that pregnant women try to get as much information as they possibly can before the birth of their child to be prepared, but perhaps not from this particular resource. But whatever you do, hang in there and seek out help from a pediatrician or lactation consultant if you need it!

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