Baby-Led Breastfeeding: Follow Your Baby's Instincts for Relaxed and Easy Nursing


Say goodbye to stressful schedules, painful latching, and worriesover milk supply. In the same sensible and sensitive voice thathas made baby-led weaning a growing sensation, authors GillRapley and Tracey Murkett show how easy nursing can be when you letyour baby lead the way. This comprehensive, easy-to-follow guide willhelp you understand your baby’s unique, natural pattern and develop atrusting and healthy breastfeeding relationship. With the help of personalanecdotes and color photos from real moms, Rapley ...

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Say goodbye to stressful schedules, painful latching, and worriesover milk supply. In the same sensible and sensitive voice thathas made baby-led weaning a growing sensation, authors GillRapley and Tracey Murkett show how easy nursing can be when you letyour baby lead the way. This comprehensive, easy-to-follow guide willhelp you understand your baby’s unique, natural pattern and develop atrusting and healthy breastfeeding relationship. With the help of personalanecdotes and color photos from real moms, Rapley and Murkettexplain how to:

• Get breastfeeding up and running in the first few weeks

• Hold your baby so that he can feed effectively

• Express and store milk efficiently

• Avoid or remedy sore nipples, mastitis, and other problems

• Wean at a natural pace

Breastfeeding shouldn’t be a struggle, and, if you stay in tune withyour baby, it can be effortless. Baby-Led Breastfeeding will give youthe tools to create a happy and fulfilling breastfeeding experience foryou and your baby.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett have done it again. They have produced another excellent book that puts babies in charge of how much they eat. Babies are competent! Mothers don’t have to be totally in charge of feeding. What an empowering message for new moms! Rapley and Murkett provide a great overview of breastfeeding, incorporating the latest research. This organized, easy-to-use guide will get you started. And if you encounter problems, the book offers many possible solutions. But Rapley and Murkett’s most important message is that babies know how to do this.”
Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, FAPA, Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Lactation and coauthor of Breastfeeding Made Simple, 2nd Edition

Baby-Led Breastfeeding will help ensure a smooth start to breastfeeding and, more importantly, encourage mothers to continue.”
Victoria McEvoy, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

“Replete with practical insights, ingenious explanations, and oodles of good sense, this gem of a book will be indispensable to new parents.”
Cindy Turner-Maffei, Former National Coordinator of Baby-Friendly USA Initiative

Baby-Led Breastfeeding is the much-needed, thorough precursor to Baby-Led Weaning. Baby-Led Breastfeeding is a complete, stand-alone resource, offering mothers research-based, accessible information on a wide range of breastfeeding-related topics. Rapley and Murkett respectfully educate, affirm, and encourage mothers to trust their own instincts, and their baby’s instincts as well. This is truly the only breastfeeding book you need!”

Megan Massaro, coauthor of The Other Baby Book: A Natural Approach to Baby’s First Year

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615190669
  • Publisher: Experiment, The
  • Publication date: 9/25/2012
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 983,040
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Gill Rapley, the pioneering champion of baby-led weaning, worked as a public health nurse for over twenty years and has also been a midwife, lactation consultant, and voluntary breastfeeding counselor. She is currently pursuing a PhD in infant feeding.

Tracey Murkett is a voluntary mother-to-mother breastfeeding helper and coauthor with Gill Rapley of Baby-Led Weaning and The Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xiii

Part I The Basics of Baby-Led Breastfeeding

1 Thinking about Breastfeeding 3

Is Breast Really Best? 3

Why Doesn't Everyone Breastfeed? 8

Will I be Able to Breastfeed? 9

How do I Prepare? 11

What to Buy-Or not 14

2 How Milk Production Works 19

What your Breasts Look Like Inside 19

Getting your Breasts to Make Milk 20

Production on Demand-How it Works 23

How Breast Milk Changes to Meet your Baby's Needs 25

Your Baby Knows What She Needs 28

3 How to Breastfeed 30

The Secret of Pain-Free Feeding-Attachment 30

Working with your Baby-"Latching on" 34

How Should I Hold my Baby for Feeding? 39

Is my Baby Feeding Effectively? 48

Take your Time-and Trust your Baby 50

Part II What Happens with Baby-Led Breastfeeding

4 When your Baby Is Born 53

Why Skin-To-Skin Contact is so Important 53

Your Baby's First Breastfeeding 55

Giving your Baby's Instincts a Chance 56

What If Things Are Complicated? 59

The First Forty-Eight Hours 64

5 The First Two Weeks 68

Having a Babymoon 68

Putting In the Order for Milk 70

Understanding Your Baby 74

Your Breasts in the First Two Weeks 78

Gas and Bringing Up Milk 81

Newborn Jaundice-What's Normal and What Isn't 84

Learning to Hand Express your Breast Milk 86

From now on It Gets Easier 89

6 Knowing It's Working 91

Knowing What to Look for 91

Watching and Listening to your Baby Feed 93

If It Hurts, It's Not Right 97

What you can see by your Baby's Pee (and Why her Poop is Worth a Snoop) 99

Your Baby's Behavior Can Tell You a Lot 102

What to Expect with Your Baby's Weight 107

What If It's Not Working? 108

7 Settling in to Breastfeeding 111

Getting Breastfeeding "Established" 111

Why Routines Don't Work 112

Your Baby's Changing Patterns 113

Feeding at Night 116

Breastfeeding When You're Out and About 121

Getting Support from others 124

What to Expect as Your Baby Gets Older 126

If your Baby Goes on Strike 129

8 Lifestyle and Breastfeeding 133

What to Eat When you're Breastfeeding 133

Can I Go On a Diet? 139

Is It Okay to Exercise? 140

What If I Smoke? 140

Your Sex Life 141

9 When Your Can't Be with Your Baby 145

How can I Provide Milk for My Baby While We Are Apart? 145

Putting In an Advance Order for Expressed Milk 147

How to Express Your Milk 151

How to Store Breast Milk 154

Should I Introduce a Bottle? 156

What If I Decide to Use Formula? 158

What If My Baby Refuses to Be Fed? 160

How Do I Manage Going Back to Work? 161

10 Six Months and Beyond 165

Starting Solid Foods the Baby-Led Way 166

Breastfeeding as your Child Grows Older 174

Breastfeeding During Pregnancy and Beyond 178

Ending Breastfeeding-Who Decides? 182

Part III Less Common Situations

11 Premature Babies and Multiples 191

Breastfeeding When your Baby is Born Early 191

Breastfeeding Twins (or More) 204

12 Your Milk Supply 209

How Milk-Production is Determined 209

Most Mothers Can Make Plenty of Milk 210

Could I be Making Too Much Milk? 219

Starting Breastfeeding When you Haven't Just Given Birth 223

If you Need (or Want) to Stop Breastfeeding Early 230

13 When Breastfeeding Hurts 234

Is It the Milk Let-Down? 234

Sore Nipples-Why They Happen and What to Do 235

Engorgement-Why It Happens and What to Do 243

Blocked Ducts-Why they Happen and What to Do 245

Mastitis-Why It Happens and What to Do 247

Breast Abscess-A Rare Complication 251

Stopping Feeding from One Breast, If You Need To 252

14 Breastfeeding and Illness 255

Breast Milk is the Best Food if your Baby is Ill 255

Can I Keep Breastfeeding If I'm Ill? 261

15 Conditions That Make Breastfeeding Difficult 267

Helping Your Baby Get Milk Easily 267

Breastfeeding If Your Baby Has a Cleft Lip/Palate 268

Breastfeeding If Your Baby Has Low Muscle Tone or Heart or Breathing Problems 271

Conclusion 273

Quick Reference

Baby-Led Breastfeeding-In a Nutshell 276

Baby-Led Breastfeeding: What to Expect When 279

Painful Breastfeeding: Quick Symptom Checker 284

Sources of Information and Support 288

Acknowledgments 294

Photo Credits 295

Index 296

About the Authors 305

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