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"Friendly and not bossy guide to breastfeeding…"
I have an awful lot of books about breastfeeding, but this is now well in my top 3. It's detailed but not boring, and written in a very friendly, down to earth way that has plenty of references to back up the mostly very sound advice and suggestions. It also contains one of the best explanations about medicines and alcohol in breastfeeding that I have ever read in a book aimed at the public rather than health professionals. Eg a very succinct section about how for the alcohol level in blood to be harmful to the baby - the mother would have to be so drunk she would be dead and other gems. As I said - very down to earth and quite a dry sense of humour. It's certainly going to be a book I will recommend again and would buy as a gift for pregnant mums keen to breastfeed. The illustrations for positioning the baby are really good in this book too.
(My other 'in the top three' books would be Bestfeeding and The Food of Love, if you were wondering! I like The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding too but it's a bit of a weighty tome for many people IMHO)Read moreLess
"A comprehensive, engaging guide to breastfeeding…"
This book is a comprehensive guide to breastfeeding, aimed at women who have already decided to breastfeed. The author's down-to-earth and often humorous tone is both engaging and endearing, while not detracting from the quality of information on offer. The contents page helpfully lists the subheadings included in each chapter, which, along with a conventional index and clever 'mini index' at the back (for quick reference in the event of common problems such as 'my breasts are sore' and 'baby feeding all the time') makes this book a reliable go-to when in search of specific advice.
By the end of the first two chapters, Gonzalez explains how breastfeeding works and how to do it, emphasising the importance of baby-led feeding to the success of lactation's supply-and-demand system. In so doing, he demonstrates how ridiculous the notion of scheduled feeding is. A significant proportion of Chapter 2 is devoted to discussion of good positioning as the key to success, with clear diagrams and text explaining how to achieve this.
Having dealt with the basics, the author goes on to answer almost any question a breastfeeding mother could have, with chapters on topics such as 'breast problems', 'going back to work', 'complementary feeding', 'prescription drugs' and 'fertility' among many others. Gonzalez goes so far beyond the basic practicalities that his book will serve breastfeeding mothers way beyond the first few weeks, and normalises longer-term breastfeeding by placing it within the context of a woman's reproductive cycle.
What I like about this book is how the author is refreshingly unafraid to question some generally accepted western attitudes towards women, babies, birth and parenting, which can have a detrimental effect to breastfeeding. At points he delves into history to explain why certain practices evolved, which makes for a really interesting read. Reading Breastfeeding Made Easy cover-to-cover would be great preparation for anyone intending to breastfeed; and once the baby arrives, the book is easy to dip into for practical advice. It would also prove a valuable resource to any health professional involved in the care of young families.Read moreLess
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"A fantastic, informative, easy read!…"
This is the 3rd book that I have read from Carlos Gonzalez and they really do just keep getting better and better!!
This book contains 24 chapters with each chapter broken down into several sections, some lasting just a paragraph, some a few pages. Chapters include: Giving Birth, The Mother's Diet, Illnessess of the mother and Breastfeeding and Fertility. Also there is an index and mini-index in the back making it a really handy reference book.
Gonzalez writes in a chatty style with a fair bit of humour and sarcasm thrown in! I find his style completely enchanting, he uses lots of stories and scenarios that really help you to remember the information. I have been quoting lots of information to friends and family!
I am a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter and I really feel that if every pregnant mum was armed with this book then our breastfeeding rates would increase!Read moreLess