It's hard to imagine a nursing mother (or the partner of a nursing mother) who wouldn't find this compact book to be an invaluable companion and resource. The Nursing Mother's Problem Solver offers detailed medical advice and practical, experiential information to guide mothers through more than 300 potential challenges in nursing. The foreword by the well-respected William and Martha Sears, authors of The Breastfeeding Book and The Baby Book, reminds us that even veteran breastfeeders hit new experiences and have a quick question now and then. As the perfect first-defense reference book, The Nursing Mother's Problem Solver will help you and your baby enjoy breastfeeding to the fullest.
Arranged as an A-Z troubleshooting guide, this book presents questions from real mothers answered by the expert lactation staff of the Denver Children's Hospital. The questions cover classic topics that nearly every nursing mother is concerned with at some point: sore nipples, breast infections, expressing and storing milk, nursing bras, proper nutrition, baby's weight gain, and of course, weaning. In addition to these common topics, the book offers hard-to-find advice on countless less-discussed issues such as supplementing breast milk with water or formula, dealing with critics, using birth control while nursing, scheduling feedings, dealing with breast size and shape, and having sex while breastfeeding. Moms with pierced nipples or breast implants, moms who want to scuba dive or smoke marijuana, and even moms who will be exposed to tear gas in Army drills or who want to nurse adopted babies will find useful information here.
The Nursing Mother's Problem Solver is supportive without being preachy, informative without being technical. It's written with sympathy, encouragement, and even an occasional bit of knowing humor. With entries such as the odd "Zombie Mommy" and "Green Milk" or the thought-provoking "Dental X-Rays" and "Spoiled Breast Milk," it welcomes browsing as well. Readers looking for a textbook-like reference with extensive charts that list things like all known drug interactions with breast milk will not find them here (although the book does contain entries for many substances and their effects on breast milk, and there is a book recommended in the appendix for just that purpose). This book is instead an informal yet well-informed book of advice for new and experienced breastfeeding mothers.
The appendix alone is worth the price of the book. It includes a list of a dozen books about breastfeeding and several videos that demonstrate nursing positions and techniques. There are toll-free numbers and Internet sites that offer helpful information or products for lactating women. And there are lists of books for nursing special-needs children, milk banks, breast-pump manufacturers and rentals, and support-group contacts for nursing mothers all across the country.
Even with a lactation consultant as a best friend or a doctor for a mate, any nursing mother will find this handbook to be a worthy addition to her library.