Synopses & Reviews
A visual step-by-step guide to successful breastfeeding. Authoritative advice for overcoming every nursing challenge!
Breastfeeding is one of the best ways to get your baby off to healthy start in life. However, nursing successfully over the long haul requires knowledge, support, and practical information and techniques. Nationally recognized breastfeeding and baby care expert Robin Elise Weiss, L.C.C.E. provides the most up-to-date information on the topic as well as more than 150 photos and step-by-step illustrations that will show you how to make breastfeeding better for you and your baby.
Whether you’re a first-time mother or an experienced one looking for new methods and information The Better Way to Breastfeed shows you how to overcome common pitfalls such as sore nipples, inadequate milk supply, and improper latching as well as special concerns like unusual nipple or breast shape and nursing preemies or multiples.
Each chapter includes:
- Multiple quick references and handy checklists of what to know and do, and when you might need to seek help
- In-depth discussions of how to work with your hospital, employer, friends, and family to support your breastfeeding goals
- Confidence Cues that help you read your body and your baby’s subtle signals
- Mama Moments that provide reassurance and help you take care of yourself
With this essential guide you’ll be able to breastfeed successfully no matter what your goals are, and ensure your baby is happy and healthy.
Weiss, Robin Elise. The Better Way To Breastfeed. Fair Winds: Quayside. 2010. c.304p. illus. index. ISBN 9781592334223. pap. $19.99. health
Breast feeding isn’t an easy topic to write about, and Weiss (The Complete Illustrated Pregnancy Companion) explains upfront her goal to help moms stay committed to their choice to breast-feed. She does this through information—she makes it a point to bust the myths about breast feeding (e.g., small-breasted women won’t produce enough milk, breast feeding hurts) with facts. Weiss occasionally refers to medical studies or journal articles, but most of her information isn’t cited and occasionally seems overstated. Some readers may be put off by her encouragement to practice child-led weaning or tandem nursing; others will find it refreshing to have these subjects addressed. Supplementing is referenced, but formula is never mentioned, which may disappoint moms with questions about starting their breast-fed baby on formula. The book gives plenty of good advice about pumping milk at work for those who choose this route. VERDICT A good choice for readers open to natural or attachment parenting who want the latest information to back up their choice to breast-feed.—Library Journal, Sept. 1, 2010
This book provides the most up-to-date information on the topic as well as more than 150 photos and step-by-step illustrations that will show you how to make breastfeeding better for you and your baby.
About the Author
Robin Elise Weiss, L.C.C.E., C.D. (DONA) is a childbirth and postpartum educator, certified doula, and lactation counselor as well as the pregnancy and childbirth expert for About.com. She is the author of seven books on pregnancy and childbirth. She and her work have been featured in Newsweek, Working Mother, and American Baby. She is the mother of eight children.