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The Nursing Mother's Companion [Paperback]

Kathleen Huggins
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)

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June 6 2000 Nursing Mother's Companion
The top-rated book on breastfeeding, rated by the International Lactation Consultant Association as the best possible choice.


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From Publishers Weekly

Most books about breastfeeding are heavy on nursing's mystical rewards and light on actual technique. Huggins, a maternal nurse and professional lactation consultant, corrects the imbalance with a lucid, trouble-shooting guide, in which she points out that while nursing is unquestionably the healthiest, most natural way to feed babies, it is not always blissful for the mother. The author tackles various common and uncommon complaints about breastfeeding from inadequate milk supply, breast pain, engorgement and fussy babies to infections, allergies and breast-milk jaundice that could affect the child. In a chapter on nursing mothers who work outside of the home, Huggins offers an instructive review of breast pumps. Her reassuring, practical suggestions make this book an excellent informational companion.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Intended as a practical manual, this book combines specific advice with frequent, clear, and informative illustrations. Huggins, a lactation professional and nurse, treats in detail the preparations to be made during pregnancy and the first two months of nursing. She also briefly discusses the later stages of breastfeeding and weaning. While this edition is little changed from the original ( LJ 3/1/86), her short chapter on working women includes an updated list of breast pumps and ordering information. The book's clunky format features a repetitious "Survival Guide" section for each chapter. The bibliography appears to be dated and unchanged. The exhaustive appendix on the safety of drugs during nursing is poorly indexed with blind cross-references and difficult to use. Nonetheless, the comprehensive list of drugs alone makes this book a candidate for most public libraries.
- Elizabeth Fielder Olson, Archer & Greiner, Haddonfield, N.J.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A good nursing book May 3 2004
Format:Paperback
This book was a comfort and reassuring during the first six weeks or so of nursing. I like the way it is presented and the encouragement found within the pages of the book. It really helped to calm my frazzled nerves. It also gave me more information on certain things. However, I didn't end up having any of the problems she talks about so I don't know how useful her solutions really are. My only real problem with this book and all nursing books, is that they don't tell you that for most people nursing HURTS at first. There was nothing wrong with my latch or anything, it just made me sore and hurt off and on for the first six weeks. Everyone I ever asked about nursing among my friends who are mothers and my own mother, have told me it hurts. In some cases it was because of problems with the breastfeeding itself, and others it was just soreness until they got used to it and toughened up. I wish that this book had told me that it could hurt without my doing something wrong and that it would go away eventually. It would have saved me some panic and tears that I must be doing it all wrong. Still, the book was helpful and comforting and the section on medicines while breastfeeding is really handy. A good book that I would recommend, as long as it wasn't going to be your only source of comfort and support.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Intrudes on parenting style Feb. 29 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
There are three general approaches to breastfeeding books: advocacy, empathy, and answers. This book uses the two former approaches, with an emphasis on empathy--the author understands our frustration and confusion. But word for word her main goal is to convince us that breastfeeding is best, as if we weren't already aware of that fact.
Sometimes a gentle reassurance is very helpful, and that's where this book proves its worth. But when we need actual help or answers, her writing is opaque or even withholding, as if suffering is a mother's rightful burden.
That's where the book may interfere with parents' choice of a style that isn't attachment parenting. Huggins recommends letting the baby drop only one night feeding until it's a year old. She advocates co-sleeping and suggests that sleeping on its own will deprive a baby of the benefits of breastmilk. She promotes distrust in the medical profession based on biases that fell out of favor many years ago.
If you need actual help with a problem or question, the book is of limited use, yet it has lengthy discussions about food sensitivities that simply are not medically possible. It's still a good book to have, but it's wise to discuss her assertions with your pediatrician and a trained lactation consultant for advice you can truly trust.
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3.0 out of 5 stars RUN OF THE MILL Aug. 3 2003
Format:Paperback
I found nothing remarkable about this book. It is a decent introduction but not enough in itself to really educate mothers about overcoming common challenges. Perhaps the greatest challenge for mothers to overcome is the lack of trained, dedicated lactation consultants in most U.S. hospitals so I find more attention needs to be given to the problems that arise and how to make it through them. I highly recommend Dr. Newman's The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers : The Most Comprehensive Problem-Solution Guide to Breastfeeding from the Foremost Expert in North America. Do not be assured by the comfortable stories about how easy and natural breatsfeeding is. Most women fail for a reason so find out what can help you transition into the patterns you need to feed your baby the best thing in the world available.You don't really have the time to search for possible remedies once your baby is born because you have to feed it and you may be making things very difficult for you and your baby to transision into a happy and fulfilling nursing pair.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The One you've been looking for Jan. 15 2003
Format:Paperback
The Nursing Mother's Companion is so informative, concise, well-laid out, and comprehensive that I don't know how I would have survived learning to breastfeed without it.
It answered ALL of my questions as I was trying to master nursing my baby. It has chapters that go in-depth on all subjects relating to breastfeeding as well as wonderful "Survival Guide" sections that help you quickly pinpoint problems, tell you why you're having them, and then give you solutions that actually work and work well. When you're in pain (physical or emotional) from learning such a new skill, you want answers as quickly as possible.
This book covers preparation during pregnancy, learning to breastfeed, and it continues to teach and help throughout your entire nursing experience. It has sections on special circumstances like nursing premature babies, adopted babies, and babies with conditions or diseases that make nursing difficult. It also has advise for mothers with special circumstances.
One more aspect about this book that was wonderful was it's non-preachy tone. The author asserts that breast is best (which you probably know if you're reading the book), explains why, then moves on to the practical matters of breastfeeding. No annoying and repetitive condemnation of anyone choosing to formula feed.
This is a wonderful book! I recommend it to everyone who is breastfeeding and give it as shower gifts to soon-to-be nursing moms.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Nursing Mother's Companion June 12 2002
By M. Hinz
Format:Paperback
I have had several breastfeeding books over the course of the last 10 years, but this is the only one I use. My third child is now 9 months old and continuing to nurse while making a great transition to table food (this book has excellent advice on how to make this happen!). I had a previous edition with my older 2 children--it was a lifesaver with my second. I thought I had nursing down to an art after nursing my daughter 22 months, but my older son did not "get it". I felt encouraged to hang in there with lots of ideas from the book and worked with a lactation consultant, who taught my son how to suck. He also nursed till 22 months.
I lost my old copy between children, and picked up this new version when I found out I was pregnant again, because I didn't want to be without it. The new edition is even more fantastic--I wish I had had it five years ago with my older son. I would have known we were in trouble a lot sooner and needed help.
My younger son was a great nurser from the start, partially due to advice from this book(the parts on building a good milk supply are essential to success), and I will continue to use this book until it's time to wean him.
Recently I purchased this book as a baby shower present for a first-time mom. She was really pleased and interested in the "Survival Guide" sections. I have recommended it to countless friends and strangers alike. If you aren't sure you want to breastfeed, read this book. Kathleen Huggins is not preachy; she just gives the most up-to-date info on the benefits to both baby and mom, not just in terms of physical health, but also in connecting with your baby.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We are blessed.
My husband and I wanted to breastfeed our first baby. One of our relative recommended this book and we bought and read it before my son was born. Read more
Published on June 4 2004 by "scoopbaby"
4.0 out of 5 stars I love this book!
If this book interfered with parenting style, then I ingnored it. I needed something to teach me how to breast feed and help me through any problems that might come up, because I... Read more
Published on May 11 2004 by Linda L. Lipowski
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must have for nursing mothers
This book is the most helpful nursing book found for those new or experienced Mom's. This guide explains how to successfully nurse your infant and make it work for your lifestyle. Read more
Published on April 6 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Lifesaver during the early days of nursing
I had tremendous difficulty nursing my first child...sore, cracked nipples and over-abundant let-down had me frustrated and crying while my son was a newborn. Read more
Published on March 10 2004 by Tiare Sol
5.0 out of 5 stars My Nursing Bible Through 3 Kids - Including Twins!
This book stayed within easy reach for me during the 24 months of my life I nursed my 3 kids. The drug index in the back is an extremely useful, unique feature of this book above... Read more
Published on Jan. 21 2004 by Julie V. Daves
5.0 out of 5 stars The best nursing book for new moms
I took this book with me to the hospital when I delivered my son and it helped me get comfortable with nursing from the get-go. Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2004 by Kelly Powrie
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book for NEW breastfeeding Mothers.
If you are planning to breastfeed ( which I personally highly advise you to ) then get this book and read it as soon as possiable, preferably before you have your baby and then... Read more
Published on Sept. 11 2003 by Melinda Bunker
4.0 out of 5 stars helpful - wish I had it sooner!
I found this book very helpful. It is a little pushy in some parts but has a lot of good information. Read more
Published on Aug. 27 2003 by Amanda Peery
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I'd Read This SOONER!!!
A friend recommended this book to me while I was still pregnant. I bought it, but didn't start reading it until I was in the hospital after the birth of my son. Read more
Published on Aug. 19 2003 by "socalatm"
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book for New Breastfeeding Moms
I had a very difficult time during the first two months of breastfeeding. My mom bought this book for me shortly after my son was born, and it was a lifesaver. Read more
Published on Aug. 1 2003 by Amy L. Huddleston
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