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I have friend who is "dissing" her family's advice (CIO, formula-feeding, etc.) and following her instincts!!<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banana"><br>
She is BF (first one in her family), Co-sleeping, babywearing, etc. and getting a lot of crap from her family. I just talked to her today and was like, "I NEED TO BUY TOU A BOOK!!) but just realized I haven't really read any myself. I'm also following my heart and have you wonderful MDC mammas to talk to as well as the open-minded support of my family.<br><br>
I would like a recommendation for a book to send her that will give her SUPPORT and FACTS. Support to help her feel even more secure in what she is doing, and facts so that she can tell them to people who criticize her. Any suggestions??<br><br>
THANKS!!<br>
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I like Peggy O'Mara's Natural Familiy Living, and also Becoming the Parent You Want To Be, by Janis Keyser and someone else who's name I forget.
 

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perhaps a good starting place is The Baby Book by Dr. Sears. it's a pretty inclusive reference, covering co-sleeping, nursing, slinging, etc. and she can thrust it at naysayers and tell them, look he's a nationally respected pediatrician with 7 children who writes a column for at least 2 major parenting magazines and 2 of his sons have become pediatricians and follow his teachings. so there! :p<br>
he's getting some flak now for his endorsement of formulas, but i still think this book is a good first step for parents.<br><br>
also check out "our babies ourselves" and for the co-sleeping issue, "three in a bed" is quite good. also "attachment parenting" by granju (i think that's correct) is a jumping off point with a ton of references in the back for further exploration.
 
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