The top-rated book on breastfeeding, rated by the International Lactation Consultant Association as the best possible choice.
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.
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.
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.
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!