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  • Hardcover: 905 pages
  • Publisher: Hale Pub. (July 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984503900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984503902
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 22.2 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is quite the textbook! Although it is thick and heavy as most textbooks are, the writing is larger and user-friendly. The organization and lay-out of the text makes it easy to find information. The index is also quite detailed. This would be a great reference book to keep on a shelf, but sadly, it is not going to be very portable. (A mom cannot easily put it in her purse or diaper-bag.) I would say this is not going to be that popular for mothers because of this. This is a bit unfortunate, as there is a lot of great information in the book. The general audience that would be used to books of this size would be nursing and medical students, doctors, mid-wives, and so on.

It would be great if the authors and publisher came out with a pocket reference version of this book, too. (It would be handy to take to nursing school, med. school, or a shift on the maternity wards, for example).
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By Pen Name on Oct. 17 2012
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This book is a great resource tool for helping mothers and is also in simple enough language for clients to understand. There is a fair bit of content repetition but I believe this is for the purpose of ease of use as some content applies to more than one topic.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
very well put together Jan. 19 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is a must have book for breastfeeding professionals to have at their desk. I have been helping mothers for 10+ years and this book is very up to date and worth the cost. The breastfeeding answer book used to be my favorite but this book has definitely taken its place.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A Lot of Good Information, But A Very Unwieldy Book March 22 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
When my BAMS arrived I was excited to receive it. I had the Breastfeeding Answer Book and Breastfeeding Made Simple and had appreciated both of them. For a long time I thought Breastfeeding Made Simple was the best book to give to new moms. However, I was disappointed in BAMS. First off, it is one hefty tome. It doesn't fit well on the desk I use when taking helping calls and it isn't all that comfortable in my lap. Since it doesn't have a spiral binding it doesn't even stay open all that easily. I have found I end up referring to other specialized books more than BAMS in part because it is so unwieldy.

My second complaint came when I started looking for specific topics. One issue that has come up recently, not only in our extended family, but in helping situations as well is infant caries in breastfeeding infants and toddlers. I had done some internet research on the subject and was aware there was more information out there than when BAB was written. Unfortunately, Nancy was either unaware of that or simply chose not to deal with that topic at all. Fortunately, the new Womanly Art of Breastfeeding does deal with it, and covers in a page or so most of the research that I spent hours and several emails gleaning. It's a gaping hole in the book for me, since one of the areas where we are trying to increase breastfeeding is in children past a year (the very population where this issue comes up). BAMS also appears to give very little attention to the topic of sleep training which has been a huge issue that can impact heavily on breastfeeding. I'm going by the index on that, and I've found that the index could have been better done. In such a big book a really well done index becomes an absolute necessity because very few people are going to sit down and read the book cover to cover to find the topic they are looking for.

I know other breastfeeding helpers who have found this book helpful. I'm not dismissing it out of hand. I simply find that for me it was a disappointment. When the new Womanly Art of Breastfeeding arrived, on the other hand it was a complete joy. It's now my new favorite to give to new moms. As a quick reference book it's more user friendly than BAMS, for more complete answers I go to one of the other subject specific books on my shelf. While BAMS meets the needs of some, it doesn't meet mine, so I'm looking for another home for it.

I would most heartily not recommend it to new moms out there, it's really intended for people working with new moms and has way more information than any one new mom would ever need. For moms who are simply wanting to breastfeed their new baby and want the best book to help them with that, I'd recommend the latest edition of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding not Breastfeeding Answers Made Simple. Save your money and buy a nice baby carrier with the money you save by buying the Womanly Art instead of BAMS.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Anyone supporting breastfeeding moms needs this Nov. 6 2012
By Always Reading - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Faced with my second recertification by exam as a lactation consultant I purchased the most current editions of the major texts aimed at lactation professionals - and set about reading them, cover to cover. One of them is very effective at putting me to sleep. Another has such awkward sentence construction and obvious errors that it becomes annoying. Imagine my delight at finding this text which is easy to read, well written, contains the latest research, with neat little boxes to remind me of key points. I love the layout!

Breastfeeding Answers Made Simple is a book I can use both to update my knowledge and to do quick research. What I really appreciate is that Mohrbacher has made available the most current research - all in one place. I no longer have to leaf thru conference packets, various journals etc. to find what I need. No one book can cover everything but am very pleased with what has been included. Very practical.

This book would make an excellent addition to the library of anyone who spends his or her days supporting breastfeeding.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Natural successor to Breastfeeding Answer Book April 13 2012
By Amanda Reynolds - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is huge and full of information on every page, with a much better organized index and less repetition than the Breastfeeding Answer Book. It is excellent and indispensable for those who support and provide information for breastfeeding mothers.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Resource July 26 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have just been pouring over this book while studying for the IBCLC exam. It was a wonderful resource for studying, but more than that it is quickly becoming my primary resource for up-to-date information for helping moms. She does such a good job of evaluating the studies and making it practical. In earlier years I loved the "Breastfeeding Answer Book." More recently, it has become a bit outdated. This book is a worthy replacement. Although informative, it is also very interesting to read--it has the information you'd expect in a reference book, without being dry and boring. The only downside is that there are very few illustrations; but the excellent information more than makes up for that.


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