The Nursing Mother's Companion

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Harvard Common Press, Jan 1, 2005 - Family & Relationships - 308 pages
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Breastfeeding is natural, but it is not entirely instinctive for either mothers or babies. The Nursing Mother’s Companion has been among the best-selling books on breastfeeding for 25 years, and is respected and recommended by professionals and well loved by new parents for its encouraging and accessible style. Kathleen Huggins equips breastfeeding mothers with all the information they need to overcome potential difficulties and nurse their babies successfully from the first week through the toddler years, or somewhere in between.   This fully updated and extensively revised edition provides new information on topics such as:
• Nursing after a cesarean
• How to resume breastfeeding after weaning (relactation)
• Nursing a “near-term” (3–to–5 weeks premature) baby
• Treating postpartum headaches and nausea
• Nutritional supplements to alleviate postpartum depression
• Sharing a baby with baby (co-sleeping) and the risk of SIDS
• Introducing solid foods
• Expressing, storing, and feeding breast milk
• Reviews of breast pumps   Readers will also find Huggins’s indispensable problem-solving “survival guides,” set off by colored bands on the pages for quick reference, as well as appendices on determining baby’s milk needs in the first six weeks and the safety of various drugs during breast-feeding. Now more than ever, The Nursing Mother’s Companion is the go-to guide every new mother should have at hand.

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Helpful. Lots of good tips/techniques. - Goodreads
Well-organized and easy to read and follow. - Goodreads
A good general overview of breastfeeding. - Goodreads
Another great reference book for new moms. - Goodreads
Easy to navigate and lots of tips. - Goodreads
This is a wonderful, clear, and easy to read book. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Angie - Goodreads

The parts about recognizing and nursing through jaundice saved me many sleepless nights, worry and trips to the doctor. It also saved me from taking whacky advice from well meaning people that didn't resonate with my mother's intuition. Read full review

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User Review  - Conchita - Goodreads

This book, together with the Kellymom website were invaluable for me with my first child. I successfully breastfed my daughter (as a working mom) through 13 months and this book was a great resource. Read full review

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Looking Forward Preparation during Pregnancy
Off to a Good Start The First Week
The First Week
Special Mothers Special Babies
The Learning Period The First Two Months
The First Two Months
Traveling Together Being Apart
Nursing the Older Baby
Months Six through Twelve
Nursing the Toddler
Resources for Nursing Mothers
Determining Babies Milk Needs during the First Six Weeks
The Safety of Drugs during Breastfeeding
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The Reward Period From Two through Six Months
Months Two through Six

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About the author (2005)

Kathleen Huggins, R.N., M.S., is the author of the million-plus-copy-selling The Nursing Mother's Companion and co-author of The Nursing Mother's Guide to Weaning. A registered nurse, certified lactation consultant, and early childcare expert, Kathleen has over 25 years of experience working with pregnant women, new moms, and newborns. She is the owner of the maternity shop Simply Mama in San Luis Obispo, California.

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