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The Nursing Mother's Herbal [Paperback]

Shelia Humphrey
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Nov. 6 2003 The Human Body Library
Many women take St.John's wort for post-partum depression, but is it safe for their nursing infants? Whcih herbs can a new mother take to increase or inhibit milk production? Are there natural remedies for mastitis or chronic yeast infections? This integrative guide answers these and other questions about the effects of herbs, dietary supplements, and other natural products on nursing women and their babies.

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By Melanie
Taking prescription drugs or herbs while breastfeeding can be risky unless moms have good information about how it may affect her breastmilk and her baby.
Fortunately, books like Thomas Hale's Medications and Mothers Milk (2004 edition now available), and The Nursing Mother's Herbal by Sheila Humphrey can help nursing moms navigate pharmaceutical and natural remedies while breastfeeding. Moms who don't know anything about herbs as well as moms who have used them to treat common ailments will find The Nursing Mother's Herbal helpful.
Unlike the technical Hale book, which deals with prescription drugs (most La Leche League chapters own and can offer information from this book to share with your health care provider), The Nursing Mother's Herbal is an easy-to-read book about breastfeeding, herbs and dietary supplements.
The book's conversational style is backed up by serious, solid research. Humphrey, an IBCLC-certified lactation consultant, has studied botany at the college level. She is also an ob-gyn nurse and La Leche League leader. Her information sources for the book include her husband, a PhD botanist specializing in the study of medicinal plant pharmacology and ethnobotany; a long list of herb experts, including Andrew Weil; and breastfeeding experts, including Dr. Jack Newman and members of La Leche League.
For new moms, The Nursing Mother's Herbal devotes the first three chapters entirely to breastfeeding. It is an excellent explanation of all the factors that play into a positive nursing experience for moms and babies. Humphrey explains why breastmilk is the superior infant food, then she explores where to find breastfeeding information and support. Finally, she offers a peek into the amazing nursing mother-baby dyad.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The main focus of "The Nursing Mother's Herbal" is Breastfeeding. Herbal remedies are also included.
Sheila Humphrey has included just about everything you would want to know about this subject. She has also included information on specific herbal remedies for various situations.
If you are trying to decide between breastfeeding and feeding your baby "formula" you will want to read the benefits and risks section in chapter one. There is also information on donated milk and other fascinating facts.
This book is divided into 11 main sections:
The Health Benefits of Breastfeeding & Health Risks of Baby Formulas
Successful Breastfeeding - Everything from finding a lactation specialist to organizing your day.
How Milk is Made and Why This Matters
Herbs and Herbal Products
Healthcare Options - A discussion about Western and Conventional Medicine.
Postpartum Recovery - What to eat and what to expect after delivery.
Solutions for Regulating Your Milk Supply - herbal help
Breast Problems
Common Illnesses and Health Problems
Common Signs to look for when Your Child is Ill
Weaning and the Return to Fertility
The Nursing Mother's Herbal is one of the books I'd recommend to every woman who is considering becoming a mother or who is already pregnant. This book gives you a wealth of information and I think it is one of the most interesting books I've ever read on breastfeeding and postpartum issues.
Sheila also encourages you to find the support you need. She gives excellent advice on how to deal with every aspect of breastfeeding and also focuses on the most intricate details of every positive and negative situation that could occur.
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At long last, a comprehensive, easy-to-read reference book on the use of herbs during lactation! Sheila Humphrey's "The Nursing Mother's Herbal" provides breastfeeding mothers, health care professionals, and all who have contact with the breastfeeding couple (mother and baby) a valuable resource for information on the safety and efficacy of herbal preparations that can be used while breastfeeding. As a professional lactation consultant, I am enthusiastic about using her book and sharing it with interested mothers and other health care professionals.
A wide variety of herbs that can be used for post partum recovery, special breastfeeding situations, and even maternal and infant illnesses/conditions are all expertly and thoroughly covered. Ms. Humphrey's book is not merely a "cook book" herbal reference, it is also deeply enriched with evidence-based recommendations common to lactation consultant practice. For example, in Chapter 7, "Your Milk Supply," Sheila addresses one of the all too common reasons for untimely weaning from the breast, the fear of insufficient milk supply. Before discussing possible herbals that can help increase a mother's milk, she explains normal infant breastfeeding behaviors and the importance of optimal breast attachment (latching). Another feature of "The Nursing Mother's Herbal" is the sense of warmth and nurturing that is infused throughout and the mother-to-mother supportive tone which are positive factors in reaching new mothers with understanding and empowerment.
I was pleased to see references to other well known lactation experts, such as La Leche League and Dr. Jack Newman, as well as herbalists who specialize in lactation. Their inclusion speaks to Ms.
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