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Publisher's Summary

It's no secret that breastfeeding is the normal, healthy way to nourish and nurture your baby. Dedicated to supporting nursing and expectant mothers, the internationally respected La Leche League has set the standard for educating and empowering mothers in this natural art for generations. Now their classic best-selling guide has been retooled, refocused, and updated for today's mothers and lifestyles.

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. This ultimate support bible offers:

  • Real-mom wisdom on breastfeeding comfortably
  • New insights into old approaches toward latching and attaching, ages and stages, and answers to the most-asked questions
  • Recent scientific data that highlight the many lifelong health benefits of breastfeeding
  • Helpful tips for building your support network - at home or when back at work guidance on breast health issues, weight gain, day care, colic, postpartum depression, food allergies, and medications

©2010 La Leche League International (P)2016 Tantor

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  • Custom Bows By Jami
  • 28-06-2018

First Time Mom’s Review

To say I was totally clueless about breastfeeding before listening to this book would be an understatement. I have learned so much and have had many of my concerns and questions addressed within this resource and not just those regarding breastfeeding. I was very pleased and appreciate the fact that this book talks about natural childbirth as well. So, so glad to have been recommended this book by an experienced nursing mother.

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  • Empyrean Tattoo
  • 21-08-2017

Doula certification

I chose this book as one of my require reading for my DONA doula certification. This book gave great knowledge and places to network as a doula. Great resources for moms!

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  • Kathleen
  • 14-10-2018

Antiquated book, Deeply annoying narrator

Despite claims to the contrary, this book is woefully outdated. It actually has anecdotes from the 1950’s and issue outdated terminology. This combined with the narrator’s cloying, preachy voice makes this a terrible audiobook. Bottom line, this is a reference book and really not the right format for audio.

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  • Jim
  • 14-10-2020

Great for Breastfeeding Preparation

I listened to this book during 3rd trimester of pregnancy. It is a good foundation for breastfeeding. The narrator kept it interesting.

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  • Vijay Navarro
  • 11-10-2020

Sooo helpful!

Really needed this as a overview and educational resource. Especially in this pandemic environment where my interactions with medical and birth / early childhood parenting support is so limited. I appreciate the updates added to this addition that address more “modern” topics such as going back to work, breastfeeding while in the military, tattoos/piercings, adoption, and use of the word “partner” to be more inclusive of anyone who may be using this book as a resource. So much surrounding breastfeeding and early childhood rearing is contentious or conflicting, so if you don’t agree with every detail presented in the book, you can of course choose for yourself. Overall everyone will probably gain more from this book and it is well worth the time!

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  • Chelsea
  • 29-08-2020

Life changing for me and my baby-first time Mama

First, Pam Ward’s voice is so soothing! Me and my baby listened to this book while breastfeeding and it was life changing for us! Addressed many of my new Mom concerns and so much more. Thank you LLL!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-08-2020

Probably better as a physical book

I ended up exchanging this but plan to buy the physical book. It just became such a chore to listen to - very repetitive and I'd like to be able to skip sections that are irrelevant to me. It seems like it does have a lot of good advice but I don't need it read front to back to me. It is very biased for unmedicated natural birth and anti-formula which I totally made me hesitant but I found that it didn't really bother me; maybe fresh from my failed first breastfeeding experience it would but 3 years out I've come to terms with it. I had an induction with pitocin and an epidural and an overall great birth experience but then struggled to breastfeed due to latch and low production so ended up only being able to give my first child one bottle of pumped breast milk daily and the rest formula. He's perfectly healthy and super smart; this second time around I'd really like to exclusively breastfeed so looking for more advice but I'm not sure I'm up for an unmedicated birth and know it's possible to have a perfectly well child if you end up needing formula. So I took the book's views as an ideal to aim for as it may help this time but won't be beating myself up if I don't quite do it their way - there's more to mothering than just birth and breastfeeding and however you get there, you're doing your best!

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  • Kristopher Esparza
  • 31-07-2020

Very informative!

I thought the performance was done very well and overall enjoyed the experience listening. A lot of it could be learned through your LC but it’s handy to have the chapters to go back to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-01-2020

Very educational and helpful

Pros: I enjoyed the information in this book. The reader did well. Plenty of references. Con: Chapters were repetitive at times with information and the organization of the book went back and forth through different ages.

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  • Jessica Brown
  • 06-11-2019

Buy the physical book instead!

This book is filled with great info, and also a ton of superfluous commentary that seems to never end. The narration is also extremely challenging to listen to for 17 HOURS...it sounds like your grandma who also imitates children’s voices...it is beyond painful. However, the info on breastfeeding is good. I wish I had purchased the physical book so I could have skipped the unnecessary commentary and used it as a reference guide in the future.

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