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    Carlos Gonzalez(Author)

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In Breastfeeding Made Easy renowned paediatrician and father-of-three Carlos Gonzalez, author of Kiss Me! How to raise your children with love and My Child Won't Eat!, brings his warmth and positivity to a subject close to his heart and his clinical practice: breastfeeding. In his characteristic friendly style, and by tackling the real-life questions mothers have about breastfeeding head-on, he explains:
  • how breastfeeding works, and why most mothers, with support, can do it if they want to
  • how myths and misinformation can derail mothers, and how to avoid this
  • how to manage introducing solid foods, weaning from the breast and going back to work
  • the proven health benefits of breastfeeding, for babies and their mothers
  • how treating illness, in mother and baby, needn't mean the end of breastfeeding
  • how breastfeeding can succeed even in difficult circumstances
  • the importance of good breastfeeding support, and how to access it

    Dr Gonzalez's extensive experience of supporting breastfeeding mothers and their babies, coupled with his scientific understanding of human lactation and his skill in explaining this to a non-medical audience, are combined here in a book that is an accessible, confidence-inspiring companion for every breastfeeding mother.

Carlos Gonzalez, a father of three, studied medicine at the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona and trained as a paediatrician at the Hospital de Sant Joan de Deu. The founder and president of the Catalan Breastfeeding Association (ACPAM), he currently gives courses on breastfeeding for medical professionals. Since 1996 he has been breastfeeding correspondent for Ser Padres (Being Parents) magazine.

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Book details

  • PDF | 320 pages
  • Carlos Gonzalez(Author)
  • Pinter & Martin Ltd.; 1st edition (4 Mar. 2014)
  • English
  • 3
  • Health, Family & Lifestyle

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  • By Addicted to Amazon on 3 April 2014

    I was keen to read this new book by Spanish paediatrician Carlos Gonzalez as I have enjoyed his earlier work My Child Won't Eat and Kiss Me! This one did not disappoint and made for a very entertaining read. The author has a very chatty style of writing and enjoys throwing in some sarcasm and entertaining analogies as a way to dispel popular myths. Sometimes he will just go for the straight talking approach "So get the idea out of your head that by eating more and better food and drinking a lot of liquid you will secrete more milk" or ""There is a curious myth that fillings are toxic and it is dangerous to have a tooth filled while breastfeeding. This is complete nonsense". Unlike some authors he doesn't mince words or leave any uncertainty!It is a very useful book for a pregnant or breastfeeding mum to read. The author covers all the main questions a new mother might have including the basics of milk production, routine problems, going back to work, whether you can take medications, alcohol, smoke, dye your hair, exercise while breastfeeding etc.As far as accuracy of information goes, there are just a very few points that I would query (because it is my area of interest and there are constantly changes in breastfeeding research and recommendations). And for this reason I reluctantly took away one star.* For the latest information on breastfeeding and HIV I would direct the reader to Section 3 of the WABA HIV Kit, available online which also discusses the place of antiretroviral (ART) drugs being able to bring the mothers viral load down to undetectable levels and the implication this has for breastfeeding. The current WHO recommendations are to mix-feed from 6 - 12 months while mother receives ART, and when breastfeeding is stopped it should be done over 4 weeks.* I was surprised at the suggestion page 200 to "thicken milk on a spoon with cereal" although it wasn't too clear at what age the baby might be as this was in the back to work section. Some mothers return to work quite early and they will want to know that exclusive breastfeeding to 6 months is the recommendation.* It is generally accepted to gently swirl breastmilk to mix up the fat layer rather than `give a good shake'* Not all sources agree that codeine page 251 is suitable for a breastfeeding mother (see Breastfeeding Network's statement on codeine July 2013)Apart from these few points I would still recommend this book because it is such an easy and entertaining read and I would still put it in my top three with Breastfeeding Made Simple and the Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. (PS any breastfeeding issues that can't be `made easy' despite reading this book might be helped by contacting an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

  • By Kindle Customer on 22 October 2014

    This is a brilliant book for anyone who wants to know more about breastfeeding - it is ideal for any expectant and new parent as well as any practitioner who supports mums and babies.Written in an easy to read style, Breastfeeding Made Easy provides information about:•How the breast works•How to breastfeeed and getting started•Breastfeeding problems•Complementary feeding•Mum's diet•Going back to work•Breastfeeding with illness and medications. It is a really informative, supportive and interesting read and it has provided me with a few answers, as well as something to think about. It is the type of book that new parents can dip into time and time again for information, ideas and confidence.Janine,

  • By Tonks on 9 April 2014

    This is the 3rd book that I have read from Carlos Gonzalez and they really do just keep getting better and better!!This book contains 24 chapters with each chapter broken down into several sections, some lasting just a paragraph, some a few pages. Chapters include: Giving Birth, The Mother's Diet, Illnessess of the mother and Breastfeeding and Fertility. Also there is an index and mini-index in the back making it a really handy reference book.Gonzalez writes in a chatty style with a fair bit of humour and sarcasm thrown in! I find his style completely enchanting, he uses lots of stories and scenarios that really help you to remember the information. I have been quoting lots of information to friends and family!I am a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter and I really feel that if every pregnant mum was armed with this book then our breastfeeding rates would increase!

  • By Sarah on 8 September 2014

    This book is a comprehensive guide to breastfeeding, aimed at women who have already decided to breastfeed. The author's down-to-earth and often humorous tone is both engaging and endearing, while not detracting from the quality of information on offer. The contents page helpfully lists the subheadings included in each chapter, which, along with a conventional index and clever 'mini index' at the back (for quick reference in the event of common problems such as 'my breasts are sore' and 'baby feeding all the time') makes this book a reliable go-to when in search of specific advice.By the end of the first two chapters, Gonzalez explains how breastfeeding works and how to do it, emphasising the importance of baby-led feeding to the success of lactation's supply-and-demand system. In so doing, he demonstrates how ridiculous the notion of scheduled feeding is. A significant proportion of Chapter 2 is devoted to discussion of good positioning as the key to success, with clear diagrams and text explaining how to achieve this.Having dealt with the basics, the author goes on to answer almost any question a breastfeeding mother could have, with chapters on topics such as 'breast problems', 'going back to work', 'complementary feeding', 'prescription drugs' and 'fertility' among many others. Gonzalez goes so far beyond the basic practicalities that his book will serve breastfeeding mothers way beyond the first few weeks, and normalises longer-term breastfeeding by placing it within the context of a woman's reproductive cycle.What I like about this book is how the author is refreshingly unafraid to question some generally accepted western attitudes towards women, babies, birth and parenting, which can have a detrimental effect to breastfeeding. At points he delves into history to explain why certain practices evolved, which makes for a really interesting read. Reading Breastfeeding Made Easy cover-to-cover would be great preparation for anyone intending to breastfeed; and once the baby arrives, the book is easy to dip into for practical advice. It would also prove a valuable resource to any health professional involved in the care of young families.

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