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The Complete Book of Breastfeeding: Third Edition
     

The Complete Book of Breastfeeding: Third Edition

by Marvin S. Eiger, Sally Wendkos Olds
 

Make the Most of your Nursing Experience

Dr. Marvin Eiger, a nationally known pediatrician and breastfeeding authority, and Sally Wendkos Olds, an award-winning medical writer who nursed her own three childrem, provide you with all the new information you need to make nursing your baby a deeply rewarding part of your life.

Praise For The Third

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Make the Most of your Nursing Experience

Dr. Marvin Eiger, a nationally known pediatrician and breastfeeding authority, and Sally Wendkos Olds, an award-winning medical writer who nursed her own three childrem, provide you with all the new information you need to make nursing your baby a deeply rewarding part of your life.

Praise For The Third Edition:

"This edition is a wonderful blend of the art and science of breastfeeding. We all need it!...It is the only breastfeeding book that can be used by both health care personnel and the nursing mother and father. It is established as a classic in the medical field. The resource appendix and the emphasis on breastfeeding support systems are most welcome." - Cheston M. Berlin, Jr., M.D. University Professor of Pediatrics, The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine

"This brilliant update of a classic book is an invaluable resource for contemporary nursing families. You'll find yourself picking it up daily for its practical advice, warmth, and comfort. It's like having a lactation expert in the house." - Barbara Seaman, Author and Co-founder, National Women's Health Network

"The Complete Book of Breastfeeding lives up to its title! It is a skillful blend of personal and professional information, reflecting the expertise of its outstanding authors and others in the field of lactation." - Betty L. Crase, IBCLC, Former Director of the Center for Breastfeeding Information, La Leche League International

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761109020
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
03/31/1999
Edition description:
Subsequent
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.07(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.95(d)

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Introduction

If you were living at some other time or in some other place, you might not need this book. You might even wonder about its purpose, since you would be getting much of the information of these pages from your mother, your aunts, your older sister, and your neighbors. They would share with you their breastfeeding experiences and those of their mothers before them. As you saw them suckling their infants, you would pick up the "tricks of the trade" without even realizing it. It would never occur to you that you would not nurse your baby, because every baby that you had ever seen would have been fed at his mother's breast - except in the extremely rare case when a mother was too ill to nurse.

The paragraph that you have just read appeared as the introduction to the original edition of this book, published in 1972. It is one of the very few paragraphs that were carried over to the second edition, published in 1987, and once again into this edition.

Much has changed in the twenty-six years since The Complete Book of Breastfeeding was first conceived. The year 1971 (when the first edition of this book was being researched and written) marked the lowest rate of breastfeeding in the history of this country: Only one in four women even bean to breastfeed their babies. By 1987, well over half of all American mothers were nursing their newborn infants, and among well-educated middle-class women, the incidence was even higher. There was a slight dip in the prevalence of breastfeeding in the early 1990s, but that reversal has been righted, and the rates of breastfeeding are climbing again.

Over these years we, the authors (a pediatrician who has cared for hundreds of breastfed babies and a medical writer who nursed her own three children), have been delighted to see an explosion of research into the properties of breast milk, the value of nursing for both mothers and babies, and the practices that enhance or hinder the course of breastfeeding.

We have applauded professional organizations like the American Academy of Pediatrics, which in its December 1997 policy statement on breastfeeding acknowledged its great importance and urged doctors to help mothers and babies follow practices to ensure healthy nursing experiences. The Canadian Pediatric Society and the World Health Organization have also issued strong statements urging mothers to nurse and urging medical professionals to help mothers breastfeed their babies.

We've been happy to note that today's physicians learn more about breastfeeding in medical school and are less likely to believe that formula is "just as good" as breast milk, and that more hospitals are instituting more policies that promote breastfeeding rather than interfere with it.

Today, then, if you have questions about breastfeeding, you're more likely to have sources to go to - the doctors, nurses, and midwives who help you in childbirth, the friends and neighbors who are nursing or have nursed their

Meet the Author


Marvin S. Eiger, MD, coauthor of the first three editions of this book, is a graduate of Harvard University and New York University School of Medicine. He practiced pediatrics in New York City for thirty years and established the Comprehensive Lactation Program at New York’s Beth Israel Hospital, serving as its medical director until he retired from practice. He is the father of two children and grandfather of three.

Sally Wendkos Olds has written extensively about relationships, health, and personal growth. She has won national awards for her writing, including the Career Achievement Award of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, of which she is a member and a past president. Ms. Olds’ college textbooks on child and adult development, co-authored with psychologist Diane E. Papalia, Ph.D., have been read by more than two million students and are the leading texts in their fields. She is also the author of Super Granny: Great Stuff to Do with Your Grandkids, The Working Parents’ Survival Guide, and The Eternal Garden: Seasons of Our Sexuality, and the coauthor of Helping Your Child Find Values to Live By and Raising a Hyperactive Child.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Ms. Olds is a member of La Leche League International, International Childbirth Education Association, the Authors Guild, and other professional and civic organizations. She nursed her three daughters and is the proud grandmother of five breastfed children. Visit her at her website: www.SallyWendkosOlds.com.

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