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The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding: Seventh Revised Edition (La Leche League International Book)
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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 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.

Customer Reviews:

  • The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding: Seventh Revised Edition (La Leche League International Book)
    Wow! This book is a life saver! I had so many questions, and this book explained them ALL, and in detail! Awesome! I am even a seasoned nursing mom and it still helps to have all of the answers you need, in one place. A must have for any nursing mom!...more info
  • LLL toots its own horn!
    I am only 82 pages into this book and it seems on every page is LLL this and LLL that. All I want to know is practical advice on how to have successful breastfeeding, not how I should go to LLL meetings and never ever be separated from my baby, which is stupid because I have to go back to work in 3 months. It seems that LLL just wants you to give up everything and be a housewife who carries her baby around in a sling all day long. No way Jose, if my baby is sleeping, then he's going to be sleeping in his crib for the most part, not with mommy, it's the only way he'll become familiar with his new sleeping arrangements. There's also a part in the book saying that my milk won't come in for a couple days after the birth. Ok I agree, I've spoken to lots of moms who say the same thing, but I'll be damned if my baby is only going to eat a few tablespoons of colostrum for 2 days until my milk comes in. I think he needs more than that, which is why I'll be expressing my colostrum and adding it to some formula and giving it to him while simultaniously pumping and letting him practice sucking until my milk comes in. Anyway, I don't think I'll be getting through the rest of this book, not with LLL's not-so-hidden agenda attacking me on every page....more info
  • A must have!
    I absolutely love this book! I have a sixth month old daughter and this book has helped me so much! I have had everything from mastitus to low milk supply and this book has been a great reference. I highly recommend it to anyone who is serious about breastfeeding. I also HIGHLY recommend if you are having problems with nursing to contact a La Leche League leader! They are so helpful!...more info
  • Awsome book
    I recommend this to anyone breastfeeding or thinking of breastfeeding. It really helped me succeed with my son. ...more info
  • A must read for all parents!
    I really like this book. Initially I thought it would only have information on breastfeeding but covers much more about parenting than just breastfeeding. It contains lots of real case stories which make it quite interesting to read and help drive the message home. I have read it several times and will definitely read again and again. A great reference book for any mum and would make a great gift for an expecting or new mum....more info
  • Excellent book
    Great book. A must read for all nursing moms. Has wonderful information, laying all the information out for the mom to make informed decisions concerning her nursing relationship. Lots of help for nursing moms struggling with breastfeeding and also to help prepare new moms so that they might avoid such struggles. This book gives a wonderful example of the beautiful relationship a nursing child and mother have. ...more info
  • Excellent Book!!
    This book gives you everything you need to know about breastfeeding and really helps you with any problems that may come up. Highly recommended!...more info
  • All about breastfeeding - just not sure this is the best book for newbies
    I am a huge fan of breastfeeding - to the point of being annoying about it probably. I got this book before I had my little one and read it front to back. Once the babe was born we had a lot of problems the first month with breastfeeding (latch, soreness) so I read it again and again. I have to say, it really wasn't much help. After we got our problems worked out, I happened upon the Dr. Sears Breastfeeding book and found that one to be much better! So great in fact that I buy it for all new moms as a shower gift. I wish I had had it before I had my tot.

    So, I say skip this and get the Dr. Sears book. And yay for breastfeeding! :)...more info
  • THE Reference Book
    My wife breastfed all three of our children, and "The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding" (in an early edition) was a practical and useful and valued guide. Since many women from the babyboom generation were not breast fed, when they had children the knowledge and art of breastfeeding, passed on generation after generation before the general use of formula and bottles, were becoming an area of lost practical information. With "The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding" and the La Leche League, this most basic of motherly actions, feeding their young, is once again becoming acknowledged as natural and the ideal way for mother and child. With this book and La Leche League counselling, most women are enabled to return to the real purpose for which mammary glands are intended....more info
  • Recommended for your home reference
    This is an amazing resource for anyone who is pregnant or has just had a baby. It is very affirming to the role of mother (and some bits about fathers in there, too). It answers all the tough questions about breastfeeding, gives examples, advice, encouragement. Several chapters in the back are devoted to specific difficulties and conditions. It is a great book. I highly recommend it!...more info
  • Breastfeeding twins? Buy a different book!
    Unless you like to be preached to, don't buy this book. I am expecting twins and plan on breastfeeding. I figured during pregnancy I wanted to learn as much about breastfeeding as possible. I was told by the LLL that "The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding," was a book to promote positive feelings about breastfeeding. They were undoubtedly wrong. This book is nothing of the sorts. It strongly preaches their agenda and basically says if you do anything to the contrary you are doing something wrong. Especially with twins the whole dynamic is different. It may be necessary for your babies to receive supplemental feedings/formula, and using some part parent directed feeding routine may be the only way mom will get any sleep. Both of these are frowned upon and mother in these situations is totally belittled by "The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding." If you happen to be expecting twins there are definitely better books out there. "Mothering Multiples," also a LLL book paints a more realistic picture of breastfeeding and caring for twins....more info
  • manual for moms
    I used an earlier edition of this book twenty years ago when I had my son. It saved me much anxiety - offered the best possible mother-tested advice not only about nursing but about nurturing and discipline. My son turned out great!The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding: Seventh Revised Edition (La Leche League International Book) Now I give copies of this edition to all the new moms that I know....more info
  • Nursing Mother of an 11 month old
    I absolutely love this book. I've been nursing my son for over 11 months now, and I still refer to it when I have a question come up. Yes, this book is very biased in believing that breastfeeding is best (it is!). I was fortunate enough that I've never had any issues while breastfeeding my son. I've only had 1 breast infection, which was quickly diagnosed with this book. I'm now back at work, and pumping twice a day, and I feel like I get support from this book in telling me I'm doing the right thing, instead of the rude remarks from my coworkers.
    I'll be the first to tell you that I'm a breastfeeding snob and feel it's the only way a child should be fed. I feel that this book also teaches this philosophy. I also saw my sister struggle to nurse her son (born 4 months after mine), and this book was no help to her. I strongly believe that each mother has the right to choose how she feeds her child, wether it be formula or breastmilk. So, if you are nursing a toddler, this book will give you the support you need to continue doing so.
    My mom was an LLL leader back in the early 80's and she gave me her old copy to read while I was in the hospital. It was marked with lots of side notes she had written in and the same advice in the book from then proves to be true today. I have the newest revised version, and the basic philosophy is still the same.
    LOVE this book. One of my favorites. ...more info
  • Great Help
    I bought this for my daughter-in-law and she loves it. I had the orginal when my children were small, and this is a revised edition. It answers absolutely everything you need to know with breast feeding or any problems you would have....more info
  • Preachy Propaganda
    As a soon-to-be-mom, I was told by several "been there done that" moms that reading up on breastfeeding before the baby was born would be very helpful. So, having heard that this book is the Breastfeeding Bible, I purchased it thinking that I was going to be reading about breastfeeding. Um...no. The practical information about breastfeeding makes up far less than half of this enormous book. Instead, this book is basically a 400 page advertisement for La Leche League, with liberal doses of attachment parenting philsophy and guilt trips for working moms sprinkled generously throughout. Even though the book was far from what I expected, I was slogging through until last night, when I got to the chapter about how many moms can "choose" to not work. I found myself absolutely nauseated by the quotes from "real moms" who found that all of their desire to fulfill themselves in any other way besides mothering completely disappeared after the birth of their children. I'm sure many women do feel that way - but there are many who do not, and this book does not present the other side of the coin. If you plan to work after the birth of your child, regardless of whether you do so out of desire or need, this is NOT the book for you...unless you enjoy heaping piles of mommy guilt. I will be purchasing a book with better practical advice and less agenda. I can't even finish this book. ...more info
  • The world moves on, the LLL stays the same
    I wrote a review of a previous edition of this book that discussed the multiple problems I saw when I read it prior to having my son. I recently perused this new edition and was disheartened to see that though the world has moved on, the LLL and this book keep doggedly touting the same useless information. Such as: you can overcome any breastfeeding challenge if you just try harder. You're a bad mom if you work; you should stay home with your baby, and really everyone can choose whether to work or not. Formula is poison and if you give it to your baby you're compromising their health and maybe their life. You should co-sleep with your baby or you are not a good mother who is committed to breastfeeding. Not allowing your child to self-wean will damage them irrevocably, even if the child is 3 and shows no sign of wanting to wean. If you want to work or go out for an evening or just want to go to the bathroom by yourself without nursing you aren't really committed to breastfeeding or to being a good mother. Etc. etc. etc. Yawn.

    The bottom line is there are many breastfeeding moms out there who work, who don't co-sleep, and who directed their child's weaning and their children are fine, functional individuals. While the rest of the world has moved on to discussions about how we can support working moms who breastfeed, how we can make maternity leaves longer to encourage breastfeeding, how we can give moms tools to make breastfeeding successful, and how moms need to balance the needs of their families against their own mental health and emotional well-being, the LLL can't move past the old philosophies that have been driving women away from LLL for years, the main one being that if you can't breastfeed, it's your fault because you put your own needs (for health insurance, financial security, sleep, or five freakin' minutes to yourself) ahead of breastfeeding. Is this really what women need - more guilt? Haven't we all figured out that all the "mommy wars" stuff was fabricated by the media, and now it's time to move on to finding real solutions to real problems that real moms face? 65 percent of women go back to work at least part-time during their child's first year of life but there's almost no information in this book to help that mom - the average mom - with her breastfeeding challenges.

    I guess the LLL doesn't think those women need answers. They're still putting out this book with the same recommendations they've been giving for decades, that are aimed at exactly one audience - the SAHM who is willing to breastfeed on demand indefinitely and has no other obligations or priorities that compete with breastfeedng. It seems to me that the LLL becomes more insular and stridently in favor of a lifestyle the vast majority of moms can't pull off as time goes on. No wonder their literature, like this book, all sounds like advertising for the League; I imagine with this level of extremism and orthodoxy they're having difficulty attracting members.

    If you want solid breastfeeding advice with a minimum of politicking, pick up the Nursing Mother's Companion. It has great information and was a big help to me. Skip this unless you're looking for empty exhortations about how you just need to try harder and breastfeeding will work, and a healthy dose of guilt about all the things you do or don't do that make you a terrible mother....more info
  • Great book!
    Breastfed my baby for 11 months with the help of this book! My first child breatfed for only 3 months..Love it love it love it, just sold mine but if we decide on haveing more children i will definately buy another copy!...Thanks!...more info