AAP New Mother’s Guide to Breastfeeding
Flap Copy: Offering the most up-to-date information and statistics about the benefits of nursing, sage advice on how to establish a breastfeeding routine, and troubleshooting tips, the second edition of New Mother’s Guide to Breastfeeding will provide new and expectant moms with everything they need to know about breastfeeding. It takes time (and practice!) for mom and baby to adjust to the new routine. Helping to smooth the process, this book provides easy- to-understand guidance and the latest medical findings to ensure that the breastfeeding experience is a healthy and positive one. Complete with more than 50 illustrations and drawings, numerous Q&A sidebars addressing common questions and concerns, and a handy list of other breastfeeding resources, New Mother’s Guide to Breastfeeding is an indispensable tool. This updated version covers more than a decade’s worth of the latest research, including:
• New research on ways breastfeeding can stave off childhood allergies and obesity
• Expanded coverage of proper nutrition for nursing mothers, including vitamin, mineral, and supplementation recommendations
• Information for mothers preparing for the first feeding and adjusting to home, family, and work as a nursing mother
• Proven ways to establish a nursing routine and what to do when mom returns to work
• Information on handling special situations like premature birth and C-sections
• Mom-tested solutions to common breastfeeding challenges Under the direction of one of the country’s preeminent lactation experts, editor-in-chief Joan Younger Meek, MD, MS, RD, FAAP, IBCLC, this outstanding guide was developed with the assistance of numerous contributors from the AAP and is the essential resource for getting new moms and their babies off to the healthiest start possible.
Review: As expected from a medical organization, this is somewhat dry and factual – not quite a textbook, but not something designed to tweak your interest in the bookstore. I found it to be a bit judgmental also (particularly regarding c-sections, as it assumed that any woman who had one obviously did not want it but had no choice in the matter), which was too bad. It is very detailed and easy to read, though, and covers all the information I hoped to learn.
Source: Free copy from my OB
So That’s What They’re For: The Definitive Breastfeeding Guide
Flap Copy: The Critics Love “So That’s What They’re For!””A practical, light-hearted, and humorous look at breastfeeding…that’s full of factual information and down-to-earth answers to the universal questions all breastfeeding mothers have.” –La Leche League
“This light-hearted approach to a truly serious subject offers a healthy mix of medical fact and hearty humor, and is a must for all moms.” –Dr. Dean Edell, nationally syndicated radio/television talk show host
“BEST PICKS: Best breastfeeding book out there for new moms.” –“Parent Soup”
“Janet Tamaro has produced a humorous, informative, concise, affordable, fun-to-read book on the joys and trials of breastfeeding.” –“The Journal of Perinatal Education”
“”So That’s What They’re For!” lends support and encouragement to those wondering whether they should try breastfeeding, for pregnant women who are sure they will breastfeed, and for new moms who are having trouble an are considering stopping.” –“Natural Health and Alternative Medicine Newsletter”
Review: Most likely to win “Girlfriend’s Guide to…” award. While this is a good foundation book, written by an experienced lactation consultant who admits to breastfeeding problems she had even after writing a book on breastfeeding (the first edition of this title), there are some things that rubbed me the wrong way. It’s really pro-breastfeeding. As in, basically discounting any reason that women are unable to breastfeed – including problems with the infant. I don’t recall seeing any information regarding tongue/lip ties or swallowing problems mentioned, which are somewhat rare but definite problems that interfere with breastfeeding. There was also no mention of (and therefore no advice for solving) problems with overactive letdown or lipase issues. While these aren’t huge issues, they are oversights that frequently come up among breastfeeding women I know, so I was surprised that they weren’t covered.
Source: Public library
Great Expectations: The Essential Breastfeeding Guide
Flap Copy: In Great Expectations: The Essential Guide to Breastfeeding, Marianne Neifert, MD, one of America’s leading pediatricians and a nationally recognized lactation consultant, gives nursing mothers all the advice they need to breastfeed their babies successfully. Distilled from Dr. Mom’s Guide to Breastfeeding, this is the most up-to-date, comprehensive, and effective book on the subject. Neifert has spent the last 25 years addressing the situations that nursing mothers routinely encounter; her sound, reassuring, and practical advice makes this a must-have for all new moms and mothers-to-be.
Review: My favorite of the three. No-nonsense, filled with information in an easy-to-access format, and with a more nuanced approach to the problems that some women face when trying to breastfeed, I think this is the breastfeeding bible for me.
Source: Public library