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The Breastfeeding Book: Everything You Need to Know about Nursing Your Child--From Birth Through Weaning [Hardcover]

Martha Sears
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March 2 2000
How would you like to give your baby a gift that could raise his IQ by 10 points; cut medical bills; make your babys eyes, heart, intestines, and nearly every other organ work better; reduce the risk of life-shortening, debilitating diseases, such as diabetes; and help your baby avoid many of the common complaints of infancy, such as ear infections, tummy upsets, even diaper rash? Whats the magic gift that can do all these things? Your milk!.... Breastfeeding will make it easier to care for your baby, and it will make it easier for you to know and understand your baby. It will affect the way you listen to your child, the way you communicate, the way you respond for many years to come.... In the early days of learning to breastfeed, there may be times when you feel like tossing in the nursing bra and reaching for a bottle. You may be tempted to believe those advisers who suggest that formula feeding is easier, or just as good. Or, you may worry that youre not the type of mother who succeeds at breastfeeding. Yet, when you remember how breastfeeding benefits your baby, your family, and yourself, you will find the determination you need to overcome any obstacles and master the womanly art of breastfeeding. From Americas foremost baby and childcare experts-the new breastfeeding bible for nursing mothers. In recent years there has been a tremendous resurgence of interest in breastfeeding as American women have discovered its unparalleled benefits to both mother and child. Yet first-time mothers often lack the support and the knowledge they need to breastfeed successfully. And books on breastfeeding frequently fail to address the practical challenges that confront many women (especially women who work outside the home)when they choose to breastfeed. For todays nursing mothers, The Breastfeeding Book is a godsend-with comprehensive, reassuring, authoritative information on: how to get started, with illustrated tips for getting your baby latched on properly increasing your milk supply making nurturing more comfortable breastfeeding in absentia pumps and the new technology associated with breastfeeding making sure your nursing baby gets the proper nutrition breast milk vs. formula breastfeeding and fertility nutrition and fitness while breastfeeding nighttime breastfeeding the fathers role in breastfeeding Taking a realistic, contemporary approach, the Searses bring an age-old practice completely up to date. Their encyclopedic guide to the art and science of breastfeeding enables all women to experience and enjoy one of natures most rewarding relationships.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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"...an invaluable resource..." -- Mothering, 9-10/00 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yeah, The Authors are Opinionated, but... Oct. 9 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
It ISN"T just their opinion that breastmilk is best for babies, so if they use some strong words to get mothers to breastfeed, and help them succeed, they are only being honest.
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book For Attached Parents, Plus Others Jan. 22 2008
Format:Paperback
I think its important for people to realize that the Sears promote Attachment Parenting. They have NOT created a basic breastfeeding book leaving out their basic principles, so if you bought this book expecting mainstream, you should probably have researched some more. Don't complain when the Sears deliver exactly what us attachment parenting people WANT.

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!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not an impossible dream July 8 2003
Format:Paperback
I'm still breastfeeding my 10 month old with great success, and the Sears' books have been wonderful. Contrary to what some reviewers have said, you don't need to be a stay-at-home mom who never goes out and nurses 24/7. I work seasonally, and when my daughter was 4 months old, I started working 75 hour weeks for three months. I continued to exclusively breastfeed. I felt like I was pumping my breasts off, but I made it work. I battled supple issues from the time she was born, because she had latch problems due to a misaligned jaw. Fortunately, my hospital had resources to help me with this as well. I was able to take herbal supplements and drink nursing tea to help with my supply. At this point, I'm able to meet her needs all on my own. Not only that, but I've been on medication almost the entire time as well. It is possible, you just have to be committed and willing to make it work. There were times when I felt like giving up, but I stuck it out, and it's the most wonderful thing I've ever done. BTW, during the time that I was working all those hours, I continued to use just cloth diapers as well, and my husband also worked full-time. My dinner was always eaten while nursing my daughter, and as soon as I finished eating, I was back to work. We're not rich people, but very committed to doing the very best for our baby and the earth, and Dr. Sears helps us with that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Let's be Realistic!!! Aug. 20 2003
By Ramona
Format:Paperback
People! People! People!
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Handy and could become your breast-friend
Extremely useful resource for the new and the experienced. Easy to read, understand and cross-reference. Read more
Published on Dec 8 2011 by Cristina Wallace
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for new moms
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Not completely won over
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 more
Published on July 7 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Can't live without" book for every breastfeeding mother..
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 more
Published on May 19 2004 by Kelly Blackadar
3.0 out of 5 stars love-hate relationship with this book
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 more
Published on April 23 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Good insightful and funny advice!
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 more
Published on Dec 10 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for breastfeeding moms!
I read this book cover to cover during my pregnancy, which helped me know what to expect when my first baby was born. Read more
Published on Sept. 9 2003 by Lynne
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book
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 more
Published on Sept. 1 2003 by "steviemichelle21"
2.0 out of 5 stars Not helpful if you're having trouble breastfeeding......
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 more
Published on July 29 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Priceless Resource!
I think that this was the best book that I read before having my first child! I was nervous about breastfeeding so I took a class. Read more
Published on July 24 2003
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