The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding

by La Leche League International Staff
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The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League International Staff

A newly revised and updated version of a definitive bestselling book on breastfeeding.

One of the most influential child-care books ever published, the newest edition of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding includes the latest scientific information about the health benefits of breastfeeding.

A wealth of helpful hints such as preparing for breasffeeding, returning to work, nutritional advice for mothers, and the weaning process is provided. General child-care tips on handling colicky babies, the father's role in the baby's life, and toddler discipline are also contained in this comprehensive book. This updated version adds new information on the effects of labor medications on newborns, exercising and losing weight safely while nursing, research that shows breastfed babies have higher IQs, and much more.

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding is written in a warm, encouraging and positive voice that better informs us about the important benefits offered to mother and child. It is filled with loads of expert advice from healthcare professionals, plus the real-life experiences of other breasffeeding women offering invaluable support and guidance no new mother can do without.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780912500102
Publisher: La Leche League International
Publication date: 01/01/1981
Pages: 384

About the Author

Since 1955, when La Leche League started in the Chicago suburbs with seven women intent on spreading information about the benefits of breastfeeding, it has grown into the leading breastfeeding advocacy organization in the world. La Leche League International regularly holds seminars and workshops for health-care professionals and parents, and publishes more than twenty books on child care.

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Womanly Art of Breastfeeding 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Meg77 More than 1 year ago
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.
LKMmom More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
mmy4est More than 1 year ago
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.
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sj3 More than 1 year ago
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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MalOH More than 1 year ago
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.
DLHenry More than 1 year ago
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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Bought it for my pregnant daughter. What a great reference for a new mom. Very encouraging.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Very successful in guiding/teaching about the process of breastfeeding. A must for every mom.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding has once again been updated to reflect the latest research and new information on topics like breastfeeding after reduction surgery and tandem nursing. In all of its editions, the Womanly Art of Breastfeeding is unique as the one book that mothers use as both a reference and a collection of comforting stories. Reading the words of other women who have gone before you gives a new mom the encouragement to nurse her baby and parent following her instincts. For those days and nights when you can't get to a LLL meeting, grab a copy of the Womanly Art of Breastfeeding for your dose of information and mother-to-mother support.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is really useful. It is written by the only organization with over 40 years of breastfeeding experience! It is a great reference for just about any possible situation that can arise while you are breastfeeding. It addresses everything from sore nipples to a father's role. At a time when we all are aware of how important it is to breastfeed and there is so much misinformation out there, this book is a reliable source of really good guidance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!