The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding: 35th Anniversary Edition

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All parents want the best for their babies, and there's no doubt about the fact that human milk is the ideal food for human babies. What's the secret of successful breastfeeding? For almost fifty years mothers who have been in touch with La Leche League have found the kind of information and support they needed to breastfeed their babies.

In this newly revised edition of The ...

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Overview

All parents want the best for their babies, and there's no doubt about the fact that human milk is the ideal food for human babies. What's the secret of successful breastfeeding? For almost fifty years mothers who have been in touch with La Leche League have found the kind of information and support they needed to breastfeed their babies.

In this newly revised edition of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, you will learn:


• How human milk offers lifetime benefits for your baby
• How to prepare for breastfeeding during pregnancy
• How to exercise and lose weight safely while nursing
• How to find time for yourself while meeting baby's needs
• How to increase your milk supply by using herbs and medications
• How to be sure your baby is getting enough to eat

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding was the first book of its kind, written for mothers by mothers. Over the years, more than two million mothers have turned to it for information and inspiration.

This special edition coincides with La Leche League's 35th anniversary. Today, with more than 50 percent of new mothers choosing to breastfeed their babies, the need for a practical, confidence-building guide is greater than ever. In addition to being an authoritative text on breastfeeding, this guide offers advice on planning and caring for infants. 80 black-and-white photos.Line draw ings throughout.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780912500256
  • Publisher: La Leche League International
  • Publication date: 7/28/1991
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 35
  • Pages: 447

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2006

    Not what was expected

    I would not recommend this book if you are looking specifically for information on breastfeeding techniques and problems you may have while breastfeeding. The bulk of the book is La Leche League's opinion on childbirth and childrearing--including having a completely natural birth, whether a mom should work, how to discipline without spanking, and nutrition for the whole family. The actual information on breastfeeding took up perhaps a quarter of the book. I found the small breastfeeding section in 'What to Expect the First Year' to be much more informative than this entire book. Buy this book only if you want to learn more about the La Leche League and want their view on childbirth and childrearing. I would strongly recommend a different book if you simply want specific information on breastfeeding.

    10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2009

    Not worth the hype

    The problem with this book is that it spends a lot of time convincing you that breast feeding is best. But the whole reason to buy the book is because you want to breast feed but aren't sure how to do it. It was frustrating that so much of the book was committed to convincing you how great breast feeding is, when the questions I had were all about how to do it.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2005

    Very Dissapointing

    I found this book to be fairly dissapointing. I could readily find what I was trying to look up in the book, but all it did was describe the problem and then had a lot of other womens' stories about going through the same thing. It's nice to know that other people are experiencing what you are, but what I really wanted was some advice on how to get through the troubles. I continually tried to find pertinent information in this book while nursing both my children. I felt like this book was about pushing people towards nursing and making them feel bad if they decided it wasn't for them or really just couldn't nurse. Overall I felt like I had wasted my money.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    I call it my user's manual

    This was a gift when I was pregnant with my first child and has become my go-to-gift for all I know who are expecting. Even if you choose not to nurse, there are countless pieces of information in this book which helped me feel prepared for motherhood. Once the baby was here, it served as a quick and useful resource for numerous questions and was a gentle motivator and nerve-relaxer in some difficult moments. I love the calm tone of this book and the encouragement to feel the beauty of this special time and relationship.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2004

    Not for C-Sections!

    I read about 25 pages of this book and took it back to the store. I had an open mind until I got to the part where it suggested that women who have C-Sections will feel as if they are not as good as those women who have vaginal deliveries. It suggested that the numbers of C-Sections are 'epidemic' and that if your doctor suggests a C-Section, you should question his reasoning because you will end up feeling as if the birth of your child was not as adequate as the birth of children born vaginally. At the time, I didn't know that I was going to have a C-Section; I found out my baby was breech and my doctor refuses to perform vaginal births on breech babies. Luckily I didn¿t subscribe to the philosophies of this book ¿ it may have put me into a depression! So I can't comment on the book past the first couple of chapters, but what I can do is warn those pregnant women out there that might end up having a C-Section that this book will make you feel as if you have failed somehow as a mother and a woman. You will be better off taking a breast-feeding class given by your hospital. They at least treat us 'C-Section Mothers' like our babies matter and that the manner in which our babies come into this world is just as special and extraordinary as everyone else.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2010

    The definitive book on breastfeeding! Every mom-to-be or new mom should read it!

    This book, originally written several years ago and updated periodically with the latest information on breastfeeding is truly the only reference needed on the subject. It is informative as well as heartwarming.
    Although best read while still pregnant it becomes an essential source of information for the new mother.
    It is full of encouragement for nursing mothers. The stories of the original founders of LaLeche League an international organization of mothers helping mothers with facts and moral support is amazing.
    The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding is full of facts and advice on the subject. It encourages the mother to make her own decisions and supports the bonding of mother and baby.
    I recommend this book as a shower gift for the expectant mother or anyone interested in nursing their baby.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 19, 2009

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    THE breastfeeding reference book for new parents!

    This is still the best breastfeeding reference book for new parents. There are chapters for when you are planning a family, for when the baby comes home and when there are problems. There are chapters for the new dad and for the grandparents, as well. The information is accurate and up-to-date.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2006

    The Only Book I Needed for Nursing Info

    There's not a doubt in my mind that my wonderful, no-stress breastfeeding experience would not have been as wonderful without this book. The 'pre-birth' preparations are excellent and essential to a smooth beginning, even if you only nurse for a couple of weeks... and why those first couple of weeks are so important to your baby's health.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2005

    Very disappointing!

    I found the contents of this book as compared to the title very misleading. I was looking for a book on breastfeeding, instead this book pushes certain views and ideas on the reader about basically the way you should raise your child! And the way it is written it even tries to make women feel guilty if they do not chose or perhaps cannot breastfeed. It is an advertisement for La Leche League International, which feels much like a cult to me. This book was nothing that I was looking for! Needless to say, I returned it!

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Wonderful reference!

    This is an excelent book for anyone nursing or considerng nursing a baby and is an extremely valuable reference throughout the nursing experience as well. This book has been invaluable or me for 40 years as a nursing mom and mentor in the LLL!

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  • Posted January 20, 2010

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    Can't wait to put to solid use!

    I first checked this book out of the library as prenatal reading, but soon decided to purchase it for my permanent library. With our first child due soon, I anticipate this book becoming a trusty companion as we establish breastfeeding. The directions and resolutions provided within are easy to understand, well documented, and illustrated well... An excellent companion for any first time mom or first time breastfeeder who wants a quick reference for the rough spots.

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

    Perfect for all new moms

    This is my only go-to guide for breastfeeding. I recently bought it for a friend who is a mom of twin girls. It has a great index so if you're looking for something specific, it's easy to find. It covers it all!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2009

    Great reference

    Bought it for my pregnant daughter. What a great reference for a new mom. Very encouraging.

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  • Posted December 6, 2008

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    Nursing Babies Can Save the World, Seriously

    Abroad, I bumped into many informative, missionaries, diplomats, and traveling business folks and they would often be up on some of the cleverest ways to get along. I was from one of the seemingly modern families where my mom thougt that baby bottles are the answer for the modern mom as they seem so clean, so convenient, and the formula is just perfect. Nevertheless, we learned that when researchers discovered formula for premies, often the overlooked the fact that breasts have more going for them than they thought. This book goes into how breast milk and natural weaning is best for the optimal well being of babies, always has been, always will be. A rubber nipple, just can't compete.<BR/><BR/>As soon as my daughter came to me after her tests to make sure all her gears were going just fine, she immediately gave a look and an expression that she wanted her little mouth nearer to a nipple, and that granted, latched on contentedly. Sure like a lot of good things, there's some pain involved at first, but this info bashed a lot of myths like nursing does not cause tough nipples, sagging breasts, and does not spoil them with getting what they want when they want it. She didn't loose an ounce of weight during the first weeks, and was so healthy that although I read the typical toddler has 10 colds a year, if her temperature went up once a year, that was the big illness for the year. It also helps optimize growth, intelligence and behavior.<BR/><BR/>Now, behavior is a big issue, much bigger than many think. When babies don't get a chance to bond with the mother through nursing, ideally with dad taking his parental chore roles as his voice and way are also very important to pave the wave for good behavior, then, they can have a real hard time figuring out what good behavior is all about. Basically, babies don't argue with the one who supplies the mother's milk.<BR/><BR/>It's sort of like a magic potion if I may say.<BR/><BR/>Now, my daughter and I are still pondering how she can find her professional calling and not have this be in conflict to parental duties. Since I haven't found full employment yet, well, I'm glad that I'm working at the right place to look up info about that and other subjects, too. Unfortunately, much of the world seems to rotate with notions that at home jobs when mom's needing it during nursing and weaning, just aren't important and aren't as sofiscated, serious or supposed as hard, as scheduled professional work that turns it's backs on such issues. Traditional female jobs in things like sewing are mostly gone to industrialization. How many can afford to be like the noble woman who had a vineyard? <BR/><BR/>I hope La Leche League comes out with some material on jobs that work best for nursing mothers. It's like hey, even in the space program, astronauts don't seem to get so much consideration on paternal quality time. We can't make it past the bud of the space age though if we don't optimize child care, though. <BR/><BR/>La Leche League hosts great conferences, too. I took my 3 year old bundle to one in Orlando, Florida. We had a tremendously good time, and had a chance for her to see the magical world of Disney and other theme parks later. Nursing moms sure know how to have family fun.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2008

    A reviewer

    Very successful in guiding/teaching about the process of breastfeeding. A must for every mom.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2007

    ashley, mother of two.

    I thought it was beautifully written and of great help!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2004

    Womanly Art of Breastfeeding

    To the person who wrote the above review, I wish to add that my wife had 2 repeat c-sections and declares The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding to be the BEST parenting and breastfeeding reference book EVER! We both go back and look up topics that we come across on our journey as new parents over the years and every time find affirmation, hope and a wealth of tested and true advice from thousands of mothers whose contributions make up this book. Perhaps you simply share different values more of the cultural norm in our society. Let's face it, breastfeeding is a counter-cultural, selfless, and cost-effective decision that our media and society does not encourage in comparison to the formula movement that is so prevalent. At any rate, I did want to add this note of support to La Leche League and to say, 'THANK YOU!' Without the help of LLL in the early days of our c-section delivered babies, we may have given up and turned to the lesser means of feeding and nurturing our babies by using formula. Love truly does turn the Sacrifice into JOY! Hang in there if you are struggling. You can do it!!!! Your baby is worth it ALL!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2004

    This is 'cutting edge' info for mothering...

    I'm thoroughly impressed with the 7th edition of the Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. Every page I turned was informative, interesting, supportive and most of all HONEST! Birth and breastfeeding are such a mystery to parents nowadays. It's difficult to find resources that give you the REAL pros and cons of the options available. I can tell that LLLI has gone to great lengths to accomplish this. For example, it's important to know what birth choices/needs may cause a newborn to have some intial troubles with breastfeeding - how many moms quit before they and their baby really have a chance because they don't realize they need to give things a little extra effort to get past these challenges? There are so many things to learn about breastfeeding and this book covers it all. Any mom-to-be who reads this book will be the most informed mom a baby can have! The latest scientific research is impressive and each chapter cover essentials for new moms, new dads and HCPs staying up-to-date. Breastfeeding is a major health decision and having the facts - NOT opinions - is crucial. When we know better we do better!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2004

    Womanly Art of Breastfeeding

    This is the number one staple & THE BEST reference book on Breastfeeding and all things related to parenting. La Leche League is the most supportive group for women and babies who wish to bond and grow through the relationship nurtured by breastfeeding. LLL is a group of volunteers and mothers who each contribute their experiences and love for being a mother to eachother. It encourages Natural Mothering and an attachment style of parenting that is rooted in the human being's basic reflex to 'root for the breast' and need for Love. Words seem way too shallow to express the Beauty that is captured in this book and affirming message of Hope, Persistence, Appreciation, Selflessness, Humility and JOY! THIS IS A MUST OWN! But, don't just buy the book, seek out a local meeting near you to find the connection and support of other Moms who share similar values as yours. p.s. I love the new cover picture. Peace!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2004

    MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE

    I borrowed a copy of this book when I was pregnant with my first child over 10 years ago and so enjoy it I purchased a copy of my own. I am now a mother of 5 and I have breastfeed everyone of my children for a minimum of 18 months. When I went back to work after my first child was born, the information of on milk storage was invalueable. The book shares guidance on how to have a successful first feeding and offers assurances that the mother and baby are both learning how things work - while building on their beautiful bond. It explains the engorgement that will occur and how best to remedy the situation. It provided answers for every question I had and was a valued reference again and again with each birth. I especially liked that there were sections for the father, offering support for him as well as the mother because he does not need to be left out of this experience. Best of all, reading this book reminds you that you are not alone, that others have been where you are, feeling the way you feel and asking the same questions. I came here today to buy yet another copy to give as a gift to my sister-in-law and my brother who are expecting their first baby in just a few weeks. This is by far my favorite baby shower gift. Breastfeeding is a wonderful experience and this book is the perfect handbook to get you started and to see you through.

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