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The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (La Leche League International Book)

100% Positive Reviews


Pros: Great preparation for breastfeeding, answers questions that come up

Cons: Not sure how helpful for serious feeding issues

I loved this book -- I read it while I was pregnant & found it really helped me prepare for a successful breastfeeding relationship. The book is honest, doesn't sugar coat the routine issues that new mothers sometimes face.


Maybe why I love the book so much is that I really believe it saved my ability to breastfeed my son. I took it with me to the hospital. A pushy nurse was trying to get me & DH to give our newborn formula because he had dropped weight & my milk hadn't come it yet. She brought in a can with a nipple & was really scaring me. DH was ready to give it to DS. Well, in my new mama fogginess, I vaguely remembered something in the La Leche book about nipple confusion. I found the information, showed my DH & got him on board with refusing the bottle. We ditched the nurse & found an LC who helped us get on track (and supplement for a couple of feedings with a tube). This book gave me the power & confidence to figure out how to make breastfeeding work.


My only critique would be that the book is possibly limited in its advice for dealing with situations where there are serious feeding issues. As in, there is not much about mixing formula feeding and breastfeeding where absolutely necessary. That might contribute to guilt for some women. But that doesn't mean that you shouldn't use it for what it's worth, especially during pregnancy.


Pros: answers all questions

Cons: none

I was able to buy this book at goodwill, and I'm so glad I did.  Every fear and question I had with breastfeeding was easily answered with this book.  It is the authority on breastfeeding.  Every mother should own it. 


Pros: Reassuring, Helpful

Cons: Rigid

I love LOVE this book.  I really wish I read this before giving birth.  I'm already a devoted nursing mom, but I was (and still am, a little) anxious about the public aspect of breastfeeding.  This book is so reassuring in that breastfeeding is natural and we have the right to nurse anywhere that's convenient and as we please.


Additionally, this book contains useful problem solving help.  This book got me through my first and hopefully only milk blister (bleb) - and it covers other issues moms may experience in nursing their babes.


The only con is that the authors are completely rigid in their advice regarding staying home.  I am a stay at home mom at present, so I'm able to completely relate at this point.  But I know there will come a time where working will necessitate babysitters or my husband staying home instead of me.  I feel bad about it already!


Other than that one small thing, this is an awesome buy and I'm mostly in love with La Leche League philosophy.  I suggest purchasing!


Pros: Covers an array of information

I had trouble when I started breastfeeding...this book was a fantastic resource. I took it out at the library, read it cover to cover and enjoyed it thoroughly. It definitely makes you feel like you're making the right choice in breastfeeding and covers a wide range of topics. I highly recommend!


I wish I had gotten this sooner! We struggled from the get-go but are now at 10 months and going strong. I think it could have been a bit easier with this to help guide the way. But it is still a nice encouraging book to have by my side, nonetheless.

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (La Leche League International Book)

The long-awaited revised edition! It’s no secret that breastfeeding is the normal, healthy way to nourish and nurture your baby. Dedicated to supporting nursing and expectant mothers, the internationally respected La Leche League has set the standard for educating and empowering mothers in this natural art for generations. Now their classic bestselling guide has been retooled, refocused, and updated for today’s mothers and lifestyles. Working mothers, stay-at-home moms, single moms, and mothers of multiples will all benefit from the book’s range of nursing advice, stories, and information—from preparing for breastfeeding during pregnancy to feeding cues, from nursing positions to expressing and storing breast milk. With all-new photos and illustrations, this ultimate support bible offers • real-mom wisdom on breastfeeding comfortably—from avoiding sore nipples to simply enjoying the amazing bonding experience• new insights into old approaches toward latching and attaching, ages and stages, and answers to the most-asked questions• strategies for moms who choose to breastfeed for a short time or who plan to nurse for a year or more • reassuring information on nursing after a C-section or delivery complications• recent scientific data that highlight the many lifelong health benefits of breastfeeding• helpful tips for building your support network—at home or when back at work• nursing special-needs infants, premies, multiples, and how to thrive no matter what curveball life throws• guidance on breast health issues, weight gain, day care, colic, postpartum depression, food allergies, and medications  Plus—Internet references for further information, including La Leche League support sites and groups. Mothers bringing babies into a new world want sustainable, healthy, positive ways to help their children blossom and thrive. There is no better beginning for your baby than the womanly art of breastfeeding.

AuthorLa Leche League International
Dewey Decimal Number649.33
Edition8 Rev Upd
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LabelBallantine Books
List Price$20.00
ManufacturerBallantine Books
Number Of Items1
Number Of Pages576
Product GroupBook
Product Type NameABIS_BOOK
Publication Date2010-07-13
PublisherBallantine Books
StudioBallantine Books
TitleThe Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (La Leche League International Book)
Release Date2010-07-13
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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