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Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding [Paperback]

Ina May Gaskin
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Book Description

Sept. 29 2009
Everything you need to know to make breastfeeding a joyful, natural, and richly fulfilling experience for both you and your baby

Drawing on her decades of experience in caring for pregnant women, mothers, and babies, Ina May Gaskin explores the health and psychological benefits of breastfeeding and gives you invaluable practical advice that will help you nurse your baby in the most fulfilling way possible. Inside you’ll find answers to virtually every question you have on breastfeeding, including topics such as
•the benefits of breastfeeding
•nursing challenges
•pumps and other nursing products
•sleeping arrangements
•nursing and work
•nursing multiples
•sick babies
•nipplephobia, and much more

Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding
is filled with helpful advice, medical facts, and real-life stories that will help you understand how and why breastfeeding works and how you can use it to more deeply connect with your baby and your own body. Whether you’re planning to nurse for the first time or are looking for the latest, most up-to-date expert advice available, you couldn’t hope to find a better guide than Ina May.

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"Ina May Gaskin is an international treasure. Her new guide to breastfeeding is the best thing ever written on the subject. A must-have for all pregnant women interested in the best start for their babies." —Christiane Northrup, M.D., Author of Women' s Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause

"This book is all we've come to expect of Ina May Gaskin—warm, wise, solidly based in real experiences, and sensitive to the needs and lives of women in all their complexity. It's the only breastfeeding book you'll need."—Barbara Katz Rothman and Wendy Simonds, authors of Laboring On

"Simply put, midwife Ina May Gaskin is the most important person in maternity care in North America, bar none."—Marsden Wagner, M.D., M.S., former Director of Women' s and Children's Health, World Health Organization

"Breastfeeding is one of life' s greatest joys. And there is no better guide to have at your side than the legendary Ina May!"—Harvey Karp, M.D., author of The Happiest Baby on the Block and creator of the DVD

"Ina May Gaskin's words of wisdom are a gift to all women. Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding is the perfect informative companion to Spiritual Midwifery and Ina May's Guide to Childbirth. All of them hold a treasured place in my library and should, no doubt, be part of yours."—Ricki Lake, coauthor of Your Best Birth and cocreator of the documentary The Business of Being Born

"Eons of accumulated feminine wisdom, having been muddled and dispersed by modern medical practice, have become sadly unavailable to today's woman. In this and each of her books, Ms. Gaskin, one of the world's foremost scholars of such wisdom, puts it concisely and lovingly back into our hands. Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding is the perfect gift for any pregnant woman. It is like having the best childbirth and lactation consultant right there at your bedside. And for non-pregnant women and men alike, may it be viewed as the seminal feminist text that it is, and may the re-empowerment of women with respect to childbirth be seen as central to the work of feminism, and indeed the cause of humanity, in the 21st century." —Ani DiFranco

About the Author

Ina May Gaskin, certified professional midwife, has been a midwife for more than thirty years at The Farm Midwifery Center at The Farm, in Summertown, Tennessee.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book June 14 2010
By Regan
If it wasn't for this book, I don't think I would be quite as successful with breast feeding as I am now. This book is the reason why I will be able to breast feed for a full year. I even brought it to the hospital with me, it was like having Ina May there with me in the room. Breast feeding can make any new mother nervous, and this book boosted my confidence with it's great advice, debunking any myths, and by bringing up any issues, along with solutions, that could potentially discourage someone from breast feeding.

This guide tackles everything, from being a how-to, troubleshooting, and my favorite, breast feeding and society's perception of it and how it has to change, if we want women to breast feed for the whole year. It even states that breast feeding women should not judge mothers who decide on formula feeding. Very objective.

If you are like me, and were really determined to make breast feeding work, this book is the only one I ever needed. It certainly has my recommendation.

Obviously, go see you doc, or health care provider, right away (don't wait), if breast feeding is not working for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Packed With Good Information Aug. 15 2014
By Maple
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I just had to have this book after reading Ina May's Guide to Childbirth and I haven't been disappointed. I love that she covers how the breasts work, physical what roles each hormone plays and our mental state as well.
It is a bit of information overload as it covers lots of potential issues that you may never experience. It will definitely be my go to book for breastfeeding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended to all mothers to be! Dec 10 2013
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Wonderful book - highly recommend it to all mothers to be. I've referenced it several times after giving birth for both the breastfeeding support as well as the other early infant care information.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very good read Aug. 3 2012
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I enjoyed this book and the stories that are included. I think the stories really make this unique and were helpful.
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