The Breastfeeding Book: Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Your Child from Birth Through Weaning

The Breastfeeding Book: Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Your Child from Birth Through Weaning

by Martha Sears RN, William Sears MD


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A fully revised edition of the Dr. Sears guide to breastfeeding, a perennial favorite for parents for nearly two decades.

From pediatric experts Martha Sears, R.N., and William Sears, M.D., a comprehensive, reassuring, authoritative information on:

  • How to get started breastfeeding, with illustrated tips for latching on
  • Increasing your milk supply
  • Breastfeeding when working away from home
  • Pumps and other technology associated with breastfeeding
  • Making sure your nursing baby gets optimum nutrition, including the most recent information about the importance of omega-3 fatty acids and "milk-oriented microbiota"
  • Nutrition and fitness for moms
  • Nighttime breastfeeding
  • Breastfeeding and fertility
  • Toddler nursing and weaning
  • Special circumstances
  • And much more...

Breastfeeding contributes to nurturing a smarter and healthier baby, and a healthier and more intuitive mommy. Isn't that what every child needs, and every parent wants?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316417853
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 10/09/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 322,468
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Martha Sears, RN and William Sears MD are the pediatrics experts to whom American parents turn for advice and information on all aspects of pregnancy, birth, childcare, and family nutrition. Martha Sears is a registered nurse, certified childbirth educator, and breastfeeding consultant. Dr. Sears was trained at Harvard Medical School's Children's Hospital and Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children, the largest children's hospital in the world. He has practiced pediatrics for nearly 50 years. Together, the Searses have authored more than 40 pediatrics books.

Table of Contents

Gratitudes ix

A Word from Dr. Bill and Martha xi

Part I The Science of Breastfeeding: Why Breastfeed? 1

Chapter 1 Why Breast Is Best 3

Part II The Art of Breastfeeding: How to Breastfeed 27

Chapter 2 Getting Started 29

Chapter 3 Common Concerns Breastfeeding Mothers May Have 53

Part III Healthy Breastfeeding 79

Chapter 4 Nutrition And Fitness While Breastfeeding 81

Chapter 5 Taking Medications While Breastfeeding 103

Chapter 6 Troubleshooting The Most Common Breastfeeding Problems 115

Part IV Breastfeeding in Today's World 135

Chapter 7 A Consumer's Guide To Breastfeeding Products 137

Chapter 8 20 Tips For Breastfeeding While Working 165

Chapter 9 Nighttime Breastfeeding 183

Chapter 10 The Father's Role in Breastfeeding 199

Part V Special Situations 213

Chapter 11 Breastfeeding for Babies and Mothers with Special Needs 215

Chapter 12 Funny (and Not So Funny) Things That Happen on the Way to the Breast 245

Chapter 13 Toddler Nursing and Natural Weaning 255

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Breastfeeding Book: Everything You Need to Know about Nursing Your Child from Birth Through Weaning 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is well worth the money - learned a lot. Very easy to read and understand.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a well-loved and dog-eared book when I had my son eight-years-ago. I ended up working with nursing mothers for several years professionally and often recommended this book. I was thrilled to have a chance to get a digital copy from NetGalley of this updated version to share my honest opinions with you. I still think this is one of the best breastfeeding books out there and a must for all breastfeeding families and families-to-be. With a great mix of humor, compassion, and education, you'll feel empowered on your journey and prepared for whatever might come your way. Spouses and support givers are also included in this guide with beneficial information for them. I think the sections on nursing in today's society, nursing as a working mother, and nighttime feeding are especially needed these days. I'm glad to see this updated version and know it will help countless nursing families for years to come.
kaelirenee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have very mixed feelings about this book. It gives alot of good advice, suggestions, medical tips-how to talk to doctors, what to eat, what medicines not to take, what to do if there are problems nursing, etc. It is loaded with information. But it is also very dogmatic. I'm not a weak-willed person by any means, but when I finished reading this book, I thought "I can never live up to all this. If I only nurse for 6 months, I'll be a failure." That's not the kind of stress a new mom needs when she starts breastfeeding. There were even a couple of times I actually though "Oh God, I can never do this. Why bother?" He also says many times how natural nursing is-anyone who's had problems with latching on knows better. Thank goodness I took a nursing class with my child birth class-it was a calm, realistic reminder that, while women have been breastfeeding as long as they've been giving birth, that doesn't mean it's second nature to anyone. Also, I HATED his suggestion that the baby comfort suck. I don't know any woman who's been able to do this without having bleeding, chapped nipples.I would suggest this book as a reference-especially the medical information. But I would not read it for comforting suggestions or motivation to breastfeed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My first child and I had a difficult time breastfeeding. This book was so very helpful. It became my bible. Every problem I had, the answer could be found in this book! It's an easy read with a great index.