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Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding

Narrated by: Margaret Strom
Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Drawing on her decades of experience in caring for pregnant women, mothers, and babies, Ina May Gaskin explores the health and psychological benefits of breastfeeding and gives you invaluable practical advice that will help you nurse your baby in the most fulfilling way possible. In this book you'll find answers to virtually every question you have on breastfeeding, including topics such as:

  • The benefits of breastfeeding
  • Pumps and other nursing products
  • Medications
  • Nursing multiples
  • Weaning
  • Sick babies
  • Nipplephobia
  • And much more

Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding is filled with helpful advice, medical facts, and real-life stories that will help you understand how and why breastfeeding works and how you can use it to more deeply connect with your baby and your own body. Whether you're planning to nurse for the first time or are looking for the latest, most up-to-date expert advice available, you couldn't hope to find a better guide than Ina May.

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Very American

Not really relevant anywhere outside of the US. It is more about the culture of breastfeeding, and why breast is best, than anything else. I don’t really need convincing to breastfeed, as in Australia it is considered normal. It did have some interesting info but overall didn’t find this a necessary read.

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good but too long

Good info but drawn out - i would get the abridged version. Some studies mentioned seem questionable, but logical overall message

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  • Abailey
  • 09-08-2017

Not about they How's but about the whys

This book is about why you should breastfeed not really how to or schedule, or practical application. I love ina May's books, but this fell flat. The narrator used emphasis and pausing for effect poorly and did not pronounce clinical terms correctly. I learned a little but not anything that will make a difference for me.

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  • Penelope Santana
  • 14-09-2016

extremely comprehensive, but one thing wrong. ..

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there was one thing I didn't enjoy, the chapters are not labeled with titles so you're really left in the dark regarding which chapters discuss what topics, which makes it hard to reference back to specific information.


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loved this book from beginning to end. the content was fantastic, and informative. This book serves a springboard from which to build a foundation when you're first starting out learning about breastfeeding. she touches on a lot of resources so you can further build and even offers very detailed guidance about latching and any arising concerns. i definitely recommend it to both new mom's & experienced moms.I would venture to even say dads should listen because there's a lot of useful information for them too. I just finished it but will need to go through it a few more times because it's just that jam packed with information.

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  • Sofia
  • 30-08-2020

Very pro-breastfeeding

Enjoyed learning about breastfeeding, showcasing all the benefits of breastfeeding and why it should be a practice to be brought back to the 21st century. Author stance is strongly against formula so may make some mother's feel bad if they do. We live in a world where we do not have the conditions necessary for breastfeeding and formula feeding might have to happen. I understand the author's efforts to bring the practices back to enable higher rates of breastfeeding, but might be unrealistic in this modern world we live in and may leave some mother's feeling guilty about bottle-feeding.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-08-2020

A great resource for getting context

I found this book helpful to listen to in my first weeks of breastfeeding my first babies, twin boys. I loved learning about the history and biases our culture has as well as techniques and illnesses to look out for. The only thing I disagreed with in her book was on nutrition. For nutrition I look to Sally Fallon Morell‘s “The Nourishing Traditions book of Baby and Child Care” Overall I love Ina Mays books for the numerous stories she shares. She is a valuable wisdom keeper from her decades in midwifery.

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  • BYD
  • 27-03-2020

Incredibly educational, fundamental!

One of the best books ever. Every single person should read this book, specially if you are pregnant, will have a baby, have a baby, or as the father of a baby. I wish more people knew about this book!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-02-2020

Fantastic!

Simply Fantastic! It is a must read by every mother! Inspirational and very well written!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-01-2020

Highly recommend

I found this to be a great resource. It covers many other topics relating to caring for newborns that I found very insightful.

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  • Marta Kaczorowski
  • 22-07-2019

Super helpful in discovering a way to breastfeed!

I listed to it twice already! Content was very eye opening and encouraging. Love the problem solving chapters as well.

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  • Onica
  • 15-05-2019

Lots of touching stories and valuable info

I think it would be useful to reference back every few months after baby is born. enjoyable.

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  • Katie
  • 19-01-2019

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The 1st chapter was a bit offputting and heavy handed on selling breastfeeding. But the rest of the book was great, would recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-04-2019

I wish I read this before I gave birth

Ina May Gaskin gives the best advice , I loved the stories from the farm & all the information about breastfeeding has been such a great help even 7 months in! Would recommend to anyone who wants to or who is breastfeeding also to those support functions like family, partners & doulas.

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