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From The CriticsReviewer: Jacqueline Hutcherson, MSN, CNM (East Carolina University)
Description: This book provides clinical strategies for the nurse who is promoting, supporting, and managing breastfeeding for the newborn.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide clinical strategies on how to manage breastfeeding based on an understanding of physiology and research. The trend continues to promote breastfeeding in an environment filled with many obstacles. This book fills the need by providing the tools for the clinical practitioner to accomplish this task.
Audience: According to the editor, the primary audience is nurses who practice in a variety of roles from staff nurse to advance practitioner. I concur with this judgement. The editor is a nationally recognized perinatal nurse expert with many years of clinical and academic experience regarding the topic.
Features: Complete information based on physiology and scholarly research regarding promoting and supporting breastfeeding is provided. Special problems and populations are addressed to add to the completeness of the book. Detailed narrative is utilized, accompanied by reference information in an easily accessed boxed and bulleted section. To enhance learning, clinical scenarios provide insight into application of information to real life situations. In addition, an extensive appendix on client and professional educational material is provided. The only limitation noted is some duplication of information in an attempt to be complete.
Assessment: This book is a current, practical resource for nurses who promote, support, and manage breastfeeding women. This is a detailed review of the multiple facets of breastfeeding: how-to, identifying barriers, providing excellent clinical strategies, and resolving problems encountered when managing the woman who plans to breastfeed or is breastfeeding.