Book Summary: Great Expectations – The Essential Guide to Breastfeeding

Essential Guide to Breastfeeding BookBook Synopsis

One of America’s most noted pediatricians and nationally recognized lactation experts gives you all the essential information you need to successfully breastfeed your baby — in one indispensable guide.

Breastfeeding is nature’s perfect design for feeding and nurturing babies, and while it’s natural, it’s not always easy — for you or your baby! Great Expectations: The Essential Guide to Breastfeeding provides a trusted doctor’s prescription for achieving a successful and satisfying breastfeeding experience. Dr. Mom has drawn on her more than 30 years of experience assisting breastfeeding mothers to write this sound, reassuring, and eminently practical guide to every aspect of breastfeeding. Dr. Neifert skillfully balances the popular message that breastfeeding is highly beneficial, natural, and convenient with the reality that many well-intentioned mothers encounter difficulties, whether getting started or continuing to breastfeed. Brimming with practical, professional advice and comforting encouragement, The Essential Guide to Breastfeeding is a must-have for all new moms and mothers-to-be. It will equip you to make breastfeeding a rewarding and memorable part of your baby’s earliest experiences of life.

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Book Review

Janet A. Crum – Library Journal
Well-known pediatrician Neifert (Dr. Mom’s Guide to Breastfeeding; Dr. Mom’s Prescription for Preschoolers) covers breastfeeding basics, from preparing before birth through the early weeks of parenthood. In subsequent chapters, she provides information on expressing milk, coping with common problems, breastfeeding while working (an especially well-done section), and breastfeeding in special situations (e.g., illnesses in mother and baby, birth defects, breastfeeding multiples). The author combines detailed, readable medical explanations with practical tips for success and addresses potential challenges honestly rather than glossing over them with bland reassurances. Each chapter seems designed to stand alone, making it easy for time-pressed mothers to find the information they need without reading the entire book. VERDICT New moms can find lots of literature on breastfeeding, but often it is too general or too judgmental to be useful. Neifert, however, provides medically sound information to help women breastfeed successfully, as well as clear but gentle and supportive encouragement to breastfeed. Highly recommended for all new and expecting parents considering breastfeeding. (Illustrations and index not seen.)

- Janet A. Crum, Oregon Health & Science Univ. Lib., Portland

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