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The Nursing Mother's Companion

The Nursing Mother's Companion

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by Kathleen Huggins, Susan Aldridge (Illustrator)

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With more than 500,000 copies sold in earlier editions, "The Nursing Mother's Companion" is the most widely recommended resource for breastfeeding women. 40 photos. 60 line drawings.


With more than 500,000 copies sold in earlier editions, "The Nursing Mother's Companion" is the most widely recommended resource for breastfeeding women. 40 photos. 60 line drawings.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Most books about breastfeeding are heavy on nursing's mystical rewards and light on actual technique. Huggins, a maternal nurse and professional lactation consultant, corrects the imbalance with a lucid, trouble-shooting guide, in which she points out that while nursing is unquestionably the healthiest, most natural way to feed babies, it is not always blissful for the mother. The author tackles various common and uncommon complaints about breastfeeding from inadequate milk supply, breast pain, engorgement and fussy babies to infections, allergies and breast-milk jaundice that could affect the child. In a chapter on nursing mothers who work outside of the home, Huggins offers an instructive review of breast pumps. Her reassuring, practical suggestions make this book an excellent informational companion. (February)
Library Journal
Intended as a practical manual, this book combines specific advice with frequent, clear, and informative illustrations. Huggins, a lactation professional and nurse, treats in detail the preparations to be made during pregnancy and the first two months of nursing. She also briefly discusses the later stages of breastfeeding and weaning. While this edition is little changed from the original ( LJ 3/1/86), her short chapter on working women includes an updated list of breast pumps and ordering information. The book's clunky format features a repetitious ``Survival Guide'' section for each chapter. The bibliography appears to be dated and unchanged. The exhaustive appendix on the safety of drugs during nursing is poorly indexed with blind cross-references and difficult to use. Nonetheless, the comprehensive list of drugs alone makes this book a candidate for most public libraries.-- Elizabeth Fielder Olson, Archer & Greiner, Haddonfield, N.J.
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The real strength of this book is the accessibility of the information. A new mother can easily find answers to her questions and concerns within a few minutes. Also, it seems more 'mainstream' than some of the other books on the market, yet presents information on topics such as toddler nursing or co-sleeping in a non-threatening way. --Doula Magazine

This is an excellent book, particularly for first-time nursers. You know how they say the most important thing about nursing is relaxing? Well, it would be impossible to read this book and have an anxiety attack at the same time. The tone is very reassuring, the chapters well organized. The book is thorough-- and never gets on the breast-or-bust bandwagon. --Parenting

[Kathleen Huggins]'s reassuring, practical suggestions make this book an excellent informational companion. --Publishers Weekly

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The Nursing Mother's Companion 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was given about 6 books on nursing - of them all, this one is the best for two reasons. 1. It's comprehensive and easy to follow. Every 'how to' and every possible issue, concern, or problem is here. It's easily referenced. Some of the photos & drawings are dated, but still applicable. (Clothing styles may change, but the rest doesn't.) 2. It's balanced. By that I mean that it doesn't harp on why one should nurse. Some other books are more about selling nursing than telling about it. This doesn't promise a picnic; it shows you why it's worth it and how to deal with what might come up along the way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a phenomenal reference!! I used it while nursing each of my 2 kids...and I thought I'd automatically be an expert the second time 'round...not so. It's a book you can reference and read a section at a time. You don't have to read this one cover to cover before beginning. It has countless helpful techniques, is honest in its presentation, and is a simple straight-forward read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. When I had questions, I was easily able to find answers. As a first time nursing mother, it was comforting to find answers to my questions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I referred to this book with both my babies, a lot. I also buy this book as gifts for all the baby showers I attend. Also took a breastfeeding class by Kathleen which was very helpful, she's very knowledgeable in the subject.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Love this book & all of the things it covers. Such a complete book about breastfeeding & the how to's & problems & so on. I had an old one that I loaned out so much that I am now buying a new one to replace it. I refer to it all the time when friends call me for advice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this to any nursing mother. I bought the book and had it memorized by the time my daughter came into this world. I had a lot of questions, and it always had the answers. I never had to go digging around for another book because it didn't have what was looking for.