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The Breastfeeding Mother's Guide to Making More Milk: Foreword by Martha Sears, RN Paperback – Nov 18 2008


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (Nov. 18 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007159857X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071598576
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Diana West, IBCLC, is a board certified lactation consultant in private practice and author of Defining Your Own Success: Breastfeeding After Breast Reduction Surgery.

Lisa Marasco, M.A., IBCLC, is a board certified lactation consultant both in private practice and for WIC and contributing author to the Core Curriculum for Lactation Consultant Practice.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By estapley on Jan. 25 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is the Bible of low milk supply! This excellent book is geared towards mothers currently struggling with low milk supply and for mothers who may have struggled with their milk supply with a previous baby and who would like to be proactive and try to figure out what possibly went wrong so that they can try to fix it for a subsequent baby. It is also a valuable reference guide and resource for professionals working with breastfeeding mothers.
The material presented is primarily evidence(research)-based, but that said, is not too technical for the average reader. It focuses on a step-by-step investigative approach to figuring out where your problem(s) with low milk supply are originating, and then offers helpful and practical ideas for going about improving your milk supply in a practical and non-blaming way. It does not promise a full milk supply for everyone, but I think if you try some of the ideas found in this book (those that are applicable to your situation), you will certainly end up with an improved milk supply at the very least. There are no "one-size fits all" remedies here and you do have to start at the beginning and read through the book in it's entirety or you may miss out on lots of important information. There are no magic bullets here either-- if you want to increase your milk supply it will probably take a lot of time and energy figuring out why it's low in the first place, and then you'll have to put in even more time tailoring remedies to suit your unique situation. Some of the solutions presented are more conventional (i.e.
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By W Pendlebury on Feb. 23 2012
Format: Paperback
Diana West's support toward low milk supply and Mother's breastfeeding after a breast reduction is extensive. This book is such a great resource to have on hand when you are questioning your supply.
All mothers are encouraged by Diana's findings of expressed breastmilk quantities after a full feed, then pumping followed by hand expression.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christine E Carter on Nov. 20 2010
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I was disappointed to find no reference to my favourite (and fastest) way to boost milk supply which is drinking 2/3 to one full can of non-alcoholic beer per day (usually with supper in the evening when milk supply is lowest). It's an excellent (and safe) source of vitamin B12 which boosts milk supply (unlike vitamin B6 which can actually decrease milk supply if taken in large doses). It's also readily available at your local grocery store. For my first child, I had so much milk that I was able to contribute to my local milk bank. Admittedly, not everyone will like the taste, but it should at least be mentioned as an option. A can of non-alcoholic beer a day has been recommended to women with low milk supply in Europe for decades. NOTE- the label on the cans should indicate that there is LESS than 0.5% alcohol per volume. Don't risk the alcoholized stuff!
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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Recommended to me by my lactation consultant, a very smart girl! Dec 5 2012
By Tina Ratliff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My lactation consultant recommended this book to me because of the issues that I was having with producing milk. I found this book very helpful and easy to read. It provides a thorough explanation of the milk making process and the various things that can adversely affect supply. I think its a really good idea to read this book while you are pregnant rather than waiting to read it until you are already having problems, like I did. It gives a lot of advice on a wide variety of topics.

The best chapter I thought was the chapter on all the different kinds of supplements you can take. This actually is what motivated me to do more of my own research and after talking it over with my lactation consultant and M.D. I started taking mothers milk tea w/ blessed thistle -Organic Mother's Milk Tea + FREE Nature's Way Blessed Thistle (100 Capsules). Since then I've been pumping more milk than I can use and haven't had any issues since. I would totally recommend these herbs for helping with milk production.

During my pregnancy, I really did not educate myself very well on the subject of breastfeeding. I regret this now and if I could go back in time I would have definitely added this book to my must read list. The more you know about yourself and the way your body produces milk, the more you can help yourself and your baby. And just as its never too early to start learning, it's never too later either so please, if you are pregnant or are already breast-feeding, do yourself and your baby a favor and pick up this book.
18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Much more than just low milk supply July 16 2010
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I bought this book against my better judgement, because with my first daughter, it seemed that all the books about breastfeeding I tried to read were either judgemental (you must be doing something wrong) or obnoxiously smug (you are better than those who don't breastfeed). I was offended and put off by every book I read when my first daughter was born.

Flash forward more than seven years and I tried one more time to purchase a book on lactation and was blessed to read this book! I have the paper version, then when I finished, I purchased the Kindle version. I do not and never have had the true problem of low milk supply, in spite of PCOS. I am, however returning to work and figured this book might help me protect my supply and maybe increase it in the short term so I can store enough breastmilk for when business travel is unavoidable. This book has provided so much more than the title suggests. I understand so much more about my daily milk production cycle, my letdown, and even my emotional responses to nursing.

I can't thank the author enough, except I will be buying copies of this book for my daughters' pediatrician and my lactation nurse! I can't recommend this book enough if you want to understand what influences milk capacity, supply, letdown. If you are a spouse or partner or close support person of a breastfeeding woman - please read and share a copy with her!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Informative and motivating Sept. 12 2013
By Fariha Hasnain - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The information in the book helped re-motivate me while I nurse baby at home and pump at work. I was having supply issues and this book helped me pinpoint the exact issue and provide solutions. My supply has increased after following instructions laid out in the book. I will recommend it to friends who plan to breastfeed their baby.
32 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Ok, but...what can you really do if the problem is you? April 21 2012
By Low SupplyMama - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is good in terms of laying out potential causes of low supply, but unlike other reviewers, I find it short on answers if the problem lies with the mother. At the end of the day, if your low supply issues have to do with you, there is very little you can do besides take domperidone (which is effective, but doesn't get everyone there 100%). Fenugreek, blessed thistle, etc., could be effective for some people, I suppose, but probably don't do much to get you there if you have a tough case.

I do find it reassuring that the book actually acknowledges that there are women out there with chronic low supply, which is nice because most lactation consultants basically just rattle off some statistic that only 2-5% (where does this statistic come from anyway) of women "can't breastfeed" and basically just tell you to pump more.

This is a frustrating problem, but at the end of the day there are few very effective interventions when the problem has to do with the mother.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great breast feeding reference, particularly if you're having supply issues Dec 28 2010
By L. J. Haynes - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great resource. Wish I had this early in my pregnancy. It's a good read to help head off having any supply problems as well as helping immensely if you do have supply problems. It provides a thorough explanation of the milk making process and the various things that can adversely affect supply.

I could see being put off by this if you're still pregnant. I certainly wanted to be positive and assume that breast feeding would naturally go well before I gave birth. However, this is such a good all around resource that I would hope people would use it to increase their knowledge going in. Forewarned is forearmed.

NOTE TO KINDLE USERS: If I could give a separate rating for the Kindle edition, it would be 2 stars. There are many places where text inserts are actually placed in the middle of a sentence breaking up that sentence and paragraph. I'm guessing that these inserts fall where they are in the print edition but they are probably surrounded by boxes so you understand the text sequencing. Not so in the Kindle edition. In addition, the tables in the book are barely legible, even when made larger on the latest Kindle. The text is smaller and lighter making it difficult to read the information. Some of the tables contain information about herbs and the quantities to be used and you want to be able to get that right. There has got to be a better way to format the tables so that they appear better on the Kindle. The way they are now is just annoying.


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