The Breastfeeding Book: Everything You Need to Know about Nursing Your Child--From Birth Through Weaning Hardcover – Mar 2000
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"...an invaluable resource..." -- Mothering, 9-10/00 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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A few of these reviews made me laugh. Several reviewers criticized the authors for saying, for example, that you should nurse whenever baby is hungry... resulting in them nursing 24/7 for days on end and not eating or sleeping. Surely, as adults, we can use a little common sense to interpret what we read. Yes, parents are allowed to eat and sleep too, and nature does not intend for babies to nurse 24/7 for weeks. (Though, if the complaining mother had tried a sling, or getting some help from her spouse or friends, she could have eaten while nursing...) If co-sleeping doesn't work in your family, put baby in a crib.
And as for the reviewer who said that the Sears told mothers to avoid treating illnesses so they could nurse ... I suspect she misunderstood. I don't have the book in front of me, but what I THINK they meant was that you don't HAVE to wean to treat most illnesses. The vast majority of medications are perfectly safe to use while nursing, (or have a safe alternative) yet many doctors will tell mothers that they have to wean, at least temporarily, if they are ill and need to take medication. The point is that the risk to the baby from traces of maternal medication in the milk is far, far smaller than the risk to the baby of being fed formula instead. (Even for a short while, and since few mothers are able to pump-and-dump for several weeks and then get baby back on the breast, even 'temporary' weaning very often ends up being permanent weaning.)
And comfort nursing does not teach bad habits...
Yes, the Sears do encourage new mothers to stay home with their babies, if possible.Read more ›
Nonetheless, it has great information about breastfeeding, but if you are not a believe in Attachment Parenting, sure, you are going to be annoyed. Perhaps a different book, or just read the knowledge and leave the theory.
I don't understand why people would buy a book written by them, then complain about the Attachment Parenting values. Do your research before buying!
I am rather disturbed after reading some of the reviews.
Let's use some commonsense and be objective, please!!!
Breast-feeding is a wonderful thing.
However, please do not let 1 book become your sole reference (or make you cry for that matter) for what is potentially 1 of the most important decisions during your child's life.
Please read other references.
Please consultant your doctor, nurse or lactation consultant (who generally offer free advice), and other women who have breastfed successfully.
Pro's:Overall Content Good
General Problem Solving are Good
Con's:Everything in this book can be found
in "The Baby Book" by Martha Sears R.N., William Sears M.D.
Problems can better be resolved by doctor, nurse/lactation consultant
(I also suggest reading: "The Nursing Mother's Problem Solver" by Claire Martin)
I have battled with:
1. Jaundice when my child was first born. (I supplemented using a bottle and continued to breastfeed).
2. Not feeling as though she was getting enough to eat (she seemed as if she cried none stop)
3. Sleepless nights (this was resolved once I learned how to nurse at night, which wasn't easy at first because she was so tiny)
4. Growth Spurts (Nursing around the clock)
5. Refusing a bottle (Even though she has had 1 since birth)
6. General overall tiredness (Which can reduce your supply, so ask for help around the house and relax a little)
7. Returning to Work (and continuing to breastfeed, while pumping when away)
Through it all, I keep reading and asking questions.
Never letting any 1 source deter me from my goal.
And ultimately doing what is best for our family in any given situation.
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Extremely useful resource for the new and the experienced. Easy to read, understand and cross-reference. Read morePublished on Dec 8 2011 by Cristina Wallace
I love this book. It offers great advice for new breastfeeding moms. Every time I have had a question or concern, the answer has been in this book.Published on April 24 2006
This book has great tips for breastfeeding. However, I am not so sure I like the Sears' attitude. I am not a fan of co-sleeping and think they hit it a little hard. Read morePublished on July 7 2004
I purchased this book during my pregnancy so that I could research the option of breastfeeding. It not only helped me make my decision but I continue to use it for a reference. Read morePublished on May 19 2004 by Kelly Blackadar
Breastfeeding went horribly for my first child, so I approached it with some trepidation with number two. Luckily, it has gone pretty smoothly (he's now 6 weeks old). Read morePublished on April 23 2004
This book helped me gain the confidence needed to seriously breastfeed my first child. I always knew breast was best, but of course had my doubts on whether or not I could do it... Read morePublished on Dec 10 2003
I read this book cover to cover during my pregnancy, which helped me know what to expect when my first baby was born. Read morePublished on Sept. 9 2003 by Lynne
This is a fabulous book! It is true to the title, is does have EVERYTHING you need to know. I read the entire book first, then I would use it for reference, while breastfeeding. Read morePublished on Sept. 1 2003
I agree with the reviewer who said that this book made her feel like a complete failure. After the birth of my son, I nursed frequently, the baby had a beautiful "latch",... Read morePublished on July 29 2003
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