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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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5.0 out of 5 stars We are blessed. June 4 2004
Format:Paperback
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. Emotionally and psychologically, it prepared us for the new experience.
During our 1st year of the breastfeeding, we continued to go back to the book for help. Our breastfeeding experience has been a blessing to our marriage and family. We are grateful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I love this book! May 11 2004
Format:Paperback
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 knew I wasn't going to get any help from anyone I know. And this did just that. It showed basic techniques and covered everything that could possibly go wrong. And when my milk supply dwindled (I had twins) this book helped me double it. As to rather or not it was preachy on breastfeeding is the best way, I didn't notice and didn't care. It did what I needed it to.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good nursing book May 3 2004
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must have for nursing mothers April 7 2004
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Format:Paperback
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. As a new, full-time working Mom, with the help of this book, I was able to nurse my newborn and pump milk for the first year of her life. I was guided on how to store and use frozen breast milk. As I recommend breastfeeding, I would also recommend this book. I've bought many copies for my friends who plan to nurse their babies!
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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. My friend lent me this book, which was full of easy-to-read, practical advice. All of my problems were addressed, and I was able to work through each issue and experiment until we formed a comfortable nursing relationship.
In the end, I nursed my son for seventeen months, then my daughter for 26 months, quite comfortably and happily. I highly recommend this book for new mothers, or to those having difficulties during nursing. I have since read many good breastfeeding books, but The Nursing Mothers' Companion was definitely the most useful.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Intrudes on parenting style Feb. 29 2004
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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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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 other nursing books. This means that when you get a headache, indigestion, sinus infection, or have a sore throat while you're nursing your baby, you can flip to the back of this book and find out what you can take to make MAMA feel better... and you won't sit there and wonder, "If I take this, will it get into my breastmilk and to my baby?" That peace of mind is huge.
I have probably bought this book 10 times for baby showers and friends of mine and everyone agrees this is the creme de la creme for nursing. Hang in there ladies! :-) You can do it!
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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"
3.0 out of 5 stars RUN OF THE MILL
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. Read more
Published on Aug. 3 2003 by Concerned parent
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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