the womanly art of breastfeeding

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding

Quick Overview

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. With all-new photos and illustrations, this ultimate support bible offers.

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Health Professional Review

Health Professional Reviewer: Vanessa Logan, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, a Registered Nurse, and mother of three. Reviewed 16 December 2015.

Book Title: The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding.

Author(s): Diane Weissenger, Diana West and Teresa Pitman.

Date published: 2010

Suitable for: This book is suitable for any mother or mothers to be and their extended family looking for advice on the benefits of the 200+ ingredients of human milk and the advantages of feeding it to our babies via the breast. It also discusses and advises on the challenges women may face and how best to overcome them.

Very useful for health professionals who have minimal to moderate breastfeeding knowledge to up skill or revise their knowledge.

Problems addressed: Mothers and babies and their breastfeeding journeys

Book Summary: 

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding is dedicated to supporting, educating and empowering mothers in an art that has been natural for generations but is relevant to today’s modern women and their families. It is a great source of information from preparing for breastfeeding during pregnancy through to all the first stages of feeding a new born and older babies. It covers important aspects of new born cues and behaviour to latching and attaching your baby so you do not get sore. It discusses the amazing bonding experience that is breastfeeding and the short and long term benefits to mother and baby of human milk and breastfeeding. While it covers the natural art of this phenomena it also gives reassuring information on nursing after a C-section or delivery complications and what to do if you have a premature, special needs or multiple birth.

Strengths and Weaknesses:

The books reads really easily for professionals and for any mother and has useful subheadings and contents should you need to look up a specific topic relevant to you at the time. It also has many illustrations and photos although I would have preferred them in colour. The book also highlights relevant and interesting online websites or videos to assist the reader further.

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