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Publisher's Summary

It's no secret that breastfeeding is the normal, healthy way to nourish and nurture your baby. Dedicated to supporting nursing and expectant mothers, the internationally respected La Leche League has set the standard for educating and empowering mothers in this natural art for generations. Now their classic best-selling guide has been retooled, refocused, and updated for today's mothers and lifestyles.

Working mothers, stay-at-home moms, single moms, and mothers of multiples will all benefit from the book's range of nursing advice, stories, and information - from preparing for breastfeeding during pregnancy to feeding cues, from nursing positions to expressing and storing breast milk. This ultimate support bible offers:

  • Real-mom wisdom on breastfeeding comfortably
  • New insights into old approaches toward latching and attaching, ages and stages, and answers to the most-asked questions
  • Recent scientific data that highlight the many lifelong health benefits of breastfeeding
  • Helpful tips for building your support network - at home or when back at work guidance on breast health issues, weight gain, day care, colic, postpartum depression, food allergies, and medications

©2010 La Leche League International (P)2016 Tantor

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To say I was totally clueless about breastfeeding before listening to this book would be an understatement. I have learned so much and have had many of my concerns and questions addressed within this resource and not just those regarding breastfeeding. I was very pleased and appreciate the fact that this book talks about natural childbirth as well. So, so glad to have been recommended this book by an experienced nursing mother.

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Probably better as a physical book

I ended up exchanging this but plan to buy the physical book. It just became such a chore to listen to - very repetitive and I'd like to be able to skip sections that are irrelevant to me. It seems like it does have a lot of good advice but I don't need it read front to back to me.

It is very biased for unmedicated natural birth and anti-formula which I totally made me hesitant but I found that it didn't really bother me; maybe fresh from my failed first breastfeeding experience it would but 3 years out I've come to terms with it. I had an induction with pitocin and an epidural and an overall great birth experience but then struggled to breastfeed due to latch and low production so ended up only being able to give my first child one bottle of pumped breast milk daily and the rest formula. He's perfectly healthy and super smart; this second time around I'd really like to exclusively breastfeed so looking for more advice but I'm not sure I'm up for an unmedicated birth and know it's possible to have a perfectly well child if you end up needing formula. So I took the book's views as an ideal to aim for as it may help this time but won't be beating myself up if I don't quite do it their way - there's more to mothering than just birth and breastfeeding and however you get there, you're doing your best!

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Buy the physical book instead!

This book is filled with great info, and also a ton of superfluous commentary that seems to never end. The narration is also extremely challenging to listen to for 17 HOURS...it sounds like your grandma who also imitates children’s voices...it is beyond painful. However, the info on breastfeeding is good. I wish I had purchased the physical book so I could have skipped the unnecessary commentary and used it as a reference guide in the future.

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Doula certification

I chose this book as one of my require reading for my DONA doula certification. This book gave great knowledge and places to network as a doula. Great resources for moms!

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Antiquated book, Deeply annoying narrator

Despite claims to the contrary, this book is woefully outdated. It actually has anecdotes from the 1950’s and issue outdated terminology. This combined with the narrator’s cloying, preachy voice makes this a terrible audiobook.

Bottom line, this is a reference book and really not the right format for audio.

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I love it

I loved how informative this book is! Thank you! I recommend 100% to anyone that is pregnant or just had a baby and need some more education and help

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A Complementary and Supplemental Reading!

How wonderful it is to be listening and reading a book by the actual makers of the IBCLE. (In 1985 LLLI served on the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, established to develop and administer a voluntary certification program for lactation consultants. The first IBLCE exam was administered in 1985.) The milk leaders and the Lady of the Milk will surely help me pass my exam. I feel confident and I know I'm in good company! This journey has been one of trying to get my "baby to take my breast", in other words trying to get myself to pass this exam. I have tried "re-lactation 5 times already unsuccessfully", in other words I have taken the exam 5 times and failed. So now I have turned to THE MOTHERS, THE MILK LEADERS, THE ACTUAL LADY OF THE MILK and with this supportive network, I am confident I will latch back on to nursing and stay nursing forever!

AAliyah Shakir RN CLC, Future IBCLC!

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The style of this book is a bit outdated for the times. The baby is mostly referred to as "he", apparantly the 50% female babies born do not need as much mention. It's a bit fundamentalist in its statements at times. For example, it basically states you're not doing a good job as a mother unless you're doing your very best to exclusively breast feeding for up to 2 (or more!) years. Nope, your partner cannot even help out once in a while with a bottle of hand expressed breats milk. I've never experienced it, but the book suggests there is a world out there trying to keep you from breastfeeding. In my opinion, women just need support and this impractical all-or-nothing advice is not as supportive as the author keeps repeating that LLC is.

WARNING: this book recommends you sleep in the same bed with your baby. Pediatricians warn about this, because it may increase the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. It's widely considered safer to have a bedside bassinet. Is the medical community always right? No, but I'd still take their recommendation over that of non-medically trained breastfeeding advisers.

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A "must read" for any expecting mother's.

Awesome book! Highly recommend for anyone to read! My husband and I both read it right after our first baby was born. It was a game changer. We are both biologists and were very happy with the scientific backing to the book. I only wish I had read it sooner! I am now a pround member of LLL and hope to contribute to their powerful impact around the globe.

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Great for Breastfeeding Preparation

I listened to this book during 3rd trimester of pregnancy. It is a good foundation for breastfeeding. The narrator kept it interesting.