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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Fairview Press (Nov. 6 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577491181
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577491187
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.3 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #50,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was disappointed by this book. I thought it would go in depth into which herbs to take/not take while breastfeeding, but this information is limited to an appendix. The rest of the book talks about breastfeeding, and most of the topics are covered very well by The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. If you're looking for information on galactogogue herbs, you're better off reading The Breastfeeding Mother's Guide to Making More Milk. (And possibly Mother Food.)

However, if you take herbs and want to know if any are affecting your supply or if there's any you shouldn't take, it might be helpful.
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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 By Rebecca of Amazon on June 5 2004
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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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