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Herbal Remedies & Excellent Advice on Breastfeeding
on June 5, 2004
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
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. There are recipes for various "galactogogue teas" to encourage a good milk supply. By reading this book you can also find out interesting things about why you should not use aloe vera gel and why you might want to use tea rinses or poultices made from herbs for their skin healing properties.
Other features include:
An extensive list of organizations and websites
A Plant Safety Table (they also include information on herbs that will help or decrease milk production)
Detailed Information about Herbs like fennel, fenugreek, hops and milk thistle.
"The Nursing Mother's Herbal" is simply fascinating and I can highly recommend it to mothers who are preparing for breastfeeding or who are considering their options.