The Nursing Mother's Companion - 5th Edition

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Breastfeeding is natural, but it is not entirely instinctive for either mothers or babies. The Nursing Mother’s Companion has been among the best-selling books on breastfeeding for 25 years, and is respected and recommended by professionals and well loved by new parents for its encouraging and accessible style. Kathleen Huggins equips breastfeeding mothers with all the information they need to overcome potential difficulties and nurse their ...

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Overview

Breastfeeding is natural, but it is not entirely instinctive for either mothers or babies. The Nursing Mother’s Companion has been among the best-selling books on breastfeeding for 25 years, and is respected and recommended by professionals and well loved by new parents for its encouraging and accessible style. Kathleen Huggins equips breastfeeding mothers with all the information they need to overcome potential difficulties and nurse their babies successfully from the first week through the toddler years, or somewhere in between.
 
This fully updated and extensively revised edition provides new information on topics such as:
• Nursing after a cesarean
• How to resume breastfeeding after weaning (relactation)
• Nursing a “near-term” (3–to–5 weeks premature) baby
• Treating postpartum headaches and nausea
• Nutritional supplements to alleviate postpartum depression
• Sharing a baby with baby (co-sleeping) and the risk of SIDS
• Introducing solid foods
• Expressing, storing, and feeding breast milk
• Reviews of breast pumps
 
Readers will also find Huggins’s indispensable problem-solving “survival guides,” set off by colored bands on the pages for quick reference, as well as appendices on determining baby’s milk needs in the first six weeks and the safety of various drugs during breast-feeding. Now more than ever, The Nursing Mother’s Companion is the go-to guide every new mother should have at hand.

"Ranked by Lamaze International as one of the ten most important books for new parents, this completely revised edition is full of practical advice and wisdom...a book mothers can rely on and trust."

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Editorial Reviews

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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

From the Publisher

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

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558323049
  • Publisher: Harvard Common Press, The
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 20
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction 1
1 Looking Forward: Preparation during Pregnancy 9
2 Off to a Good Start: The First Week 25
3 Special Mothers, Special Babies 75
4 The Learning Period: The First Two Months 99
5 Traveling Together, Being Apart 137
6 The Reward Period: From Two to Six Months 157
7 Nursing the Older Baby and Toddler 173
Appendix A: Resources for Nursing Mothers 195
Appendix B: Determining Babies' Milk Needs during the First Six Weeks 200
Appendix C: The Safety of Drugs during Breastfeeding 203
Selected References 228
Suggested Supplementary Reading 231
Index 233
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  • Posted June 29, 2009

    The Right Support!

    I'm a nursing mother of twins who went back to a demanding job after 3 mos at home with our kids. This book really helped answer most of my questions and gave me tips on making the nursing process easier and more rewarding for both me and my girls. While it didn't have an extensive twin section it provided me with great encouragement, good idea of what to eat and medicing to take or not take, reinforced the knowledge that breastmilk is best and if you keep working hard at it you can do it! The book also helps you figure out what you can do when you go back to work. Also had the help of a lactation consultant who recomended the book for at home help.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2009

    I buy or suggest this book for every new mom I know!

    Having this book was like having a lactation consultant on hand 24/7. I actually never had to call a consultant for help, partly because I got lucky (nursing was relatively easy for me), but mainly because Huggins' book does such an incredible job of explaining how nursing works, and how to "troubleshoot" at different stages. Absolutely indispensable advice for the nursing mom!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2009

    Great Book

    I received this book from my hospital after my cesarean. This book is amazing. It is very helpful and well organized. I would recommend it to any new or expecting mother who would like to breastfeed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2008

    Best Nursing Book Out there

    This is a great guide for the nursing mother. Also gives some terrific information about overall baby care. Buy this book and read it before you have the baby.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2008

    Terribly Grotesque

    This book did not get my attention like i thought it would. I thought it would help me out with my young children. However, it did not do a damn thing as far as being a mother in this century. Maybe I just read it wrong and got the wrong impression from the title, but as far as I'm concerned, this book was the biggest waste of time that I have spent. This book could be compared to another terrible book that everyone seems to fuss about. Harry Potter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2008

    Took This Book to the Hospital!

    I read this book religiously when I had my daughter - not a complete, all you need title, but with this book and the help of a good pediatrician - breastfeeding just got a little easier! There were lots of good tips for different problems that could be encountered. I'd highly recommend this title!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2007

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    By far the best book on nursing I've read so far. It even has a section on nursing an adopted infant, not just a mention as in some other books. I'd highly recommend it to anyone considering breastfeeding.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2007

    Wonderful resource

    This is an awesome book. It really helped me with nursing my first child two years ago for almost a year. And i am currently re-reading it as I am expecting our second child. I definitely recommend it for anyone who wants to nurse her baby.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2006

    Absolute must-have for nursing moms

    I'm still happily nursing my 8-month-old son, thanks in large part to this book. Our first few weeks were tough going, but Kathleen had the answers to ALL my questions, which helped me to stick with it. I wish hospitals gave this book to every new breastfeeding mom, but since they don't, it's going to become a standard baby shower gift from me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2005

    Outstanding Resources

    Kathleen Huggins - God Bless You! Common sense, straitforward which is what all moms need when tackling breastfeeding, be it the first time or repeats. I just had my second, a son, four months ago and have been having milk production issues. I checked this resource first thing, and now I'm in great shape. The fenugreek capsule recommendation (WOW! Never knew this was so safe - it's what manufacturers use to give maple flavor to pancake syrup) and the practical guide to increasing supply (which I adapted for the older infant) worked like a charm. This reference can pretty much ease any fears a nursing mom will experience.

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