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The Breastfeeding Answer Book offers complete and current information for those who help mothers breastfeed. Its easy-to-use format makes it practical for quick reference when a mother telephones with a breastfeeding question, yet its broad scope makes it a complete resource.

When La Leche League International introduced The Breastfeeding Answer Book in 1991, it was welcomed by breastfeeding counselors worldwide as the most complete and comprehensive guide to helping mothers find answers to their breastfeeding questions. This new edition, revised and expanded, covers even more breastfeeding situations. Complete and up-to-date references are included with every chapter along with suggestions of further reading for parents. LLLI's Center for Breastfeeding Information, the world's most extensive collection of research related to breastfeeding, was the primary source of scientific studies used for this comprehensive revision. All chapters have been carefully reviewed by members of LLLI's Health Advisory Council and other experts. The result is a complete guide to breastfeeding that can be used with confidence to help mothers establish and enjoy a satisfying breastfeeding relationship with their babies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780912500928
  • Publisher: La Leche League International
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: Third Revised Edition, Spiral bound
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 680
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii
Acknowledgements xv
Introduction xvii
1 Giving Effective Breastfeeding Help 1
Using Active Listening 2
Asking Questions 3
Giving Information and Suggestions 5
Respecting Differences among Mothers 7
Helping the Mother Work with Her Doctor 11
When Breastfeeding Doesn't Work Out 13
2 The Breast and How it Works 15
Breast Anatomy 16
Hormonal Influences 18
Other Physical Factors That Affect Milk Production 19
3 Breastfeeding Basics 25
Normal Breastfeeding Patterns 26
After a Cesarean Birth 31
During the Early Months 36
The Let-Down, or Milk-Ejection, Reflex 41
Common Questions 43
Breastfeeding in Emergency Situations 54
4 Positioning, Latch-On, and the Baby's Suck 63
Positioning 64
Latch-On--How the Baby Goes on to the Breast 72
The Baby's Suck 79
If Breastfeeding Hurts--Review the Basics 98
5 Fussy at the Breast and Breast Refusal 103
Determining the Cause 104
The Mother's Feelings 105
Asking Questions and Gathering Information 106
Fussy at the Breast 107
Breast Refusal 135
Persuading the Baby to Take the Breast 138
Refusal of One Breast 140
6 Weight Gain 147
Normal Growth Patterns 148
Slow Weight Gain in the Early Months 150
Slow Weight Gain in the Baby Older Than Three Months 166
Working with the Doctor and Supplementation 171
Rapid Weight Gain during the First Year 174
7 Starting Solid Foods 179
Determining a Baby's Readiness for Solids 180
How to Introduce Solids 183
What Foods to Offer 185
Foods to Avoid 187
Introducing the Cup 188
8 Weaning 191
The Mother's Feelings 192
Approaches to Weaning 196
If the Baby Refuses to Breastfeed 205
Physical Changes That Occur with Weaning 205
9 Expression and Storage of Human Milk 209
Choosing a Method of Expression 210
Basics of Milk Expression 212
Hand-Expression 215
Milk-Expression Strategies for Different Situations 219
Storage and Handling of Human Milk 228
10 Employment and Breastfeeding 237
The Mother's Feelings 238
Milk Expression 243
Home Strategies 250
Feeding Tips for the Baby's Caregiver 252
11 Newborn Jaundice 257
The Mother's Feelings 258
Causes of Newborn Jaundice and Elevated Bilirubin 260
Why and When Newborn Jaundice May Need Treatment 265
Treatment Options for a Jaundiced Baby 267
Helping the Mother Work with Her Baby's Doctor 273
12 Prematurity 279
The Mother's Feelings 280
The Advantages of Breastfeeding a Premature Baby 282
Building a Relationship between Mother and Baby 283
The Premie Weighing More Than 1500 Grams (3.3 lbs) 287
The Premie Weighing Less Than 1500 Grams (3.3 lbs) 288
The First Nursings 302
Working with Hospital Personnel 312
The First Weeks at Home 315
13 Health Problems--Baby 327
When the Baby Is III 328
Hospitalization of the Breastfed Baby 338
The Baby with a Chronic Illness or Physical Limitation 343
14 Multiples--Breastfeeding Twins, Triplets, or More 371
Reacting to the Idea of Having More Than One Baby 372
Advantages of Breastfeeding Multiples 373
Preparations during Pregnancy 373
Adjusting to Life with Multiples 374
Breastfeeding Basics for Multiple Babies 375
Mother Care for the Mother of Multiples 380
Breastfeeding Triplets, Quadruplets, and More 382
15 Relactation and Induced Lactation 385
Talk about Feelings, Goals, and Realistic Expectations 386
Relactation--Stimulating a Milk Supply 390
Induced Lactation--Stimulating a Milk Supply 394
Encouraging the Baby to Take the Breast 399
Making the Transition--How to Be Sure That Baby Is Getting Enough 401
16 Pregnancy and Tandem Nursing 405
Breastfeeding during Pregnancy 406
Tandem Nursing 410
17 Sexuality, Fertility, and Contraception 417
Breastfeeding and Sexuality 418
Breastfeeding, Fertility, and Contraception 420
18 Nutrition, Weight Loss, Exercise, and Personal Grooming 435
Nutrition for the Nursing Mother 436
Is Baby Reacting to a Food in the Mother's Diet? 439
Bone Density 443
The Vegetarian Mother 444
Fluids--Drink to Thirst 445
Weight Loss, Eating Disorders, and Obesity 446
Exercise 448
Personal Grooming 449
19 Nipple Problems 455
Sore Nipples 456
Treatment of Sore, Cracked, or Bleeding Nipples 465
Flat and Inverted Nipples 470
Teething and Biting 478
Thrush 480
Nipple Blisters and Sores 484
20 Breast Problems 491
Engorgement 492
Mastitis--Plugged Ducts and Breast Infections 496
Breast Abscess 506
Breast Lumps 507
Blood in the Milk 509
Deep Breast Pain 510
Breastfeeding after Breast Surgery or Injury 515
21 Health Problems--Mother 529
When Mother Is III 530
Specific Illnesses 531
When the Mother Is Hospitalized 553
Chronic Illness or Physical Limitation 557
Postpartum Depression 570
22 Drugs, Vitamins, Vaccines, and Diagnostic Tests 587
Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drugs 588
Substances of Concern 597
Substances of Abuse 602
Vitamin and Mineral Supplements for Babies 604
Vaccines 607
Diagnostic Materials and Tests 608
A Transfer of Drugs and Other Chemicals into Human Milk 619
B The Use of Breast Pumps and Other Products 633
Alternative Feeding Methods 634
Breast Pumps 640
Breast Shells 650
Creams, Ointments, and Hydrogel Products 651
Milk Storage Bags 655
Nipple Shields 655
Nursing Pads 658
Nursing Pillows and Footstools 658
Electronic Scales 659
Product Information 659
About La Leche League 665
Photo Credits 669
Index 671
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2008

    Great Resource for Nursing Mother

    This guide is an excellent resource for nursing mothers. It covers all issues of breastfeeding from birth to introducing solids, to weaning. This guide is my favorite resource as a first time breastfeeding mother. I was on my own, none of my family or friends had breastfed & this book was a lifesaver. I'm still using it 8 months later. Highly Recommended. Well worth the cost.

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