I've just had the privilege of reviewing one of the most carefully written and absorbing books on breastfeeding I've come across in quite some time - The ABC's of Breastfeeding: Everything a Mom Needs to Know for a Happy Nursing Experience, by Stacey H. Rubin.
Stacey, a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant and mother of two, begins the book by tracing her own background and interest in breastfeeding and goes on to cover many of the common, and not so common, concerns new and experienced breastfeeding mothers have about breastfeeding.
Using stories gathered from mothers who have attended her private practice, Stacey covers such areas as:
- how mothers should prepare for breastfeeding before the birth of their baby;
- the importance of recognising and finding a breastfeeding-friendly doctor;
- how to position your baby after birth;
- the importance of skin-to-skin contact;
- resuming breastfeeding after a problematic start
- how to recognise your baby's hunger signs;
- increasing your milk supply;
- returning to work when breastfeeding;
- how to recognise and treat painful breastfeeding problems;
- breastfeeding in public;
She also answers the questions many breastfeeding mothers think about, but are often afraid to ask - such as whether it's okay to drink alcohol when breastfeeding; if supplementing with formula is ever helpful; if it's possible to have a sexual relationship with your partner when you're breastfeeding; the chances of pregnancy whilst breastfeeding and much more.
What I really loved about this book is that by using real life examples from mothers she has helped and tried to help, Stacey illustrates how sometimes the most basic advice can save a seemingly doomed nursing relationship. And, with every chapter summarised in an A, B, C fashion, the reader gets a quick refresher in what they've just read, thus allowing an extra opportunity for everything to sink in!
She successfully shows how by supporting breastfeeding mothers in a practical manner and helping them remain in control throughout their nursing relationship, breastfeeding forges a beautiful and everlasting bond between mother and child.
The ABC's of Breastfeeding is packed full of useful and important tips, information and advice with Stacey coming across as a woman passionate about breastfeeding and genuinely caring about the women she strives to help.
Any pregnant woman considering breastfeeding, as well as those mothers who've already begun the journey, would be well advised to ensure they keep a copy of this wonderful book nearby. It would also make a fantastic and very welcome gift for a new breastfeeding mother.
I believe I've been one of the very first people to read a book guaranteed to become a breastfeeding classic and I have thoroughly enjoyed every moment. I only wish I'd had a copy of it by my side when I first started breastfeeding!
It is informative, educational and truly an inspirational read.
The ABC's of Breastfeeding by Stacey H. Rubin is published by AMACOM and is available for order via Amazon.com. To find out more about the author, read chapter excerpts, reviews and events and to contact the author, visit www.ABCsOfBreastfeeding.com.