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The Nursing Mother's Herbal [Paperback]

Shelia Humphrey
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Nov. 6 2003 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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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Sheila Humphrey has writeen a book that incoroporates sound breastfeeding advice along with reliable herbal information. Breastfeeding mothers and their health care providers will find the Nursing Mother's Herbal to be easy to understand, reliable information. Humphrey is able to translate technical lactation management issues as well as botanical medicine into an easy to understand lay-woman's language. She speakss in a non-judgemental, objective approach to all traditions of health care management. Sheila successfully normalizes the Lactation Specialists role in the health care team. The Nursing Mother's Herbal provides excellent, sound breastfeeding information.
I found the Plant Safety section (Appendix C) at the back of the book to be an easy to use chart for practically every herb under the sun. The Plant Safety Appendix is an excellent resource for health care workers who need to know herbal safety for mother and baby. The table rates herbs according to their toxicity, interactions, contraindications and adverse effects. The Safety ratings range from "A" which is an herb that is relatively safe to "E" an herb that is highly toxic. The Plant Safety section is based upon evidenced based information obtained from scientifically sound resources.
The majority of the herbs and herbal products information clearly dispels common myths and misconceptions often associated with dietary and herbal supplement use for breastfeeding mothers. I have found Humphrey to be evidenced based in topics of plant safety, interactions, etc. Sections pertaining to suggested dosages fall back onto the time honored recipes that women and midwives have found to be effective over the millenia.
There is a nice section on choline, essential fatty acids, and food allergies.
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