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Breastfeeding: The Essential Guide

3.2 (2007)

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    Available in PDF - DJVU Format | Breastfeeding: The Essential Guide.pdf | Language: ENGLISH
    Sharon Trotter(Author)

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There are many books available on the subject of breastfeeding. They contain a bewildering amount of information and advice. Many are long and they can be expensive. Which one do you choose? I felt there was a need for a short but nonetheless informative book with breastfeeding tips for mothers to follow. So I set about writing just that. I hope you enjoy the result. I wanted it to be easy to read, cheap to buy and small enough to take anywhere. I want it to answer all your questions and encourage you to ask more. I want it to be your lifeline when things get tough. I want my enthusiasm to rub off and give you the confidence to succeed. Even more importantly I want you to enjoy the whole experience!
Although primarily aimed at mothers, this would also be a great read for fathers, midwives, student midwives and other health professionals who give breastfeeding advice.I want the text to flow, which is why it is not fully referenced. However,as I understand the importance of evidence based knowledge, I have included references and websites where approriate. I have also included a short list of ‘Suggested further reading’ and ‘Helpful websites’ at the end, should you want to delve deeper.
Sharon Trotter October 2004

"This really is a fantastic read and excellent value for money at £5.99" --The Self Publishing magazine, Summer 2007Essential reading for all mums-to-be or new mums who are thinking about breastfeeding, Book Review, February 2006..the easiest and most comprehensive book we have found on breastfeeding. Simple, encouraging and very informative. --PHP, The Baby Catalogue, book review, Winter 2005

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  • PDF | 100 pages
  • Sharon Trotter(Author)
  • Trotters Independent Publishing Services Ltd (31 Aug. 2004)
  • English
  • 9
  • Health, Family & Lifestyle

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  • By Frank on 30 June 2006

    If it wasn't for Sharon Trotter and her amazing book our family would be the poorer.Although a breast feeding advocate herself, my wife was struggling to continue breast feeding after the 1st week of our new baby arrival. Instead of receiving informative care & support to continue natural feeding, the local medical professionals were encouraging steps towards artificial milk feeding.Thankfully, the independent Trotter was there to save the day and the future well-being of our now thriving baby girl!!

  • By S MacPherson on 2 December 2006

    Great book with lots of help and useful advice, even for the those experienced breastfeeders. Bought this book after having third child, and having breastfed first two till a year, still learned loads.

  • By cheryl pasquier on 23 July 2009

    This book is just like a great big hug and pat on the back from your best friend at the time you most need it !I almost didn't read this book. I breastfed my two daughters for 6 months and 8 months respectively so I thought, ah, been there, done that, got the (milk-stained) Tshirt - it's like teaching your grandmother to suck eggs ! But then baby bundle of joy number 3 burst into my life last week and along with him, all the old self-doubts and minor panic attacks on a daily basis, not helped at all when the staff at the hospital put the pressure on.Breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the world, and when it works with no effort, it's fantastic. It's got so many benefits for mothers and babies, not to mention, in these credit-crunch times, it's a real money-saver. It is so rewarding to feel that you are giving your baby the best possible start in life and you get a real sense of pride when you see him getting big and strong and knowing that it's all down to you and your very own milk. But the downside is, when it doesn't work first time, or when people start making you doubt yourself, you suddenly start realising what a huge responsibility it all is and thinking eeek, I'm the only thing standing between me and my baby dying of starvation ! It sounds extreme but don't forget you've just given birth and your hormones have gone ballistic !!Having twice succeeded relatively long stints at breastfeeding, I'm pretty chilled out and know I can do it, so I was luckily quite well armed against the "attacks" of the midwives. I know they only had the best interests of my baby at heart, but they really know how to put the pressure on and make you doubt your capabilities to be a good mother ! I was told we'd be going home 4 days after the birth, but because my milk took 2 days to start flowing (which is perfectly normal) and his (perfectly normal) weight loss ever so slightly exceeded the 10% "allowance", I was given the ultimatum, get his weight back up or you'll have to stay in longer. Talk about emotional blackmail !! So the last day in hospital was endless visits from the midwives "reminding me to feed him" (duh), weighing him morning and night, forcing me to wake him up every 2 hours for a feed, waking me up at 5am to find out when I'd last fed him (1/2 hour before, thanks for asking). It worked, he put on 70g in 24 hours and we came home as planned but all that stress was for nothing ! So I didn't know whether to laugh or cry when I read that baby would lose "about" 10% of his birth weight and take up to 10 days to get back to his birth weight - but I did know that this was exactly the kind of reassurance I wanted to hear right now and that for first time mums, it must be even more beneficial.Sharon Trotter has more than 20 years experience as a midwife and 7 years in total as a breastfeeding mum, so she knows what she's talking about. But she doesn't put herself up on a pedestal, telling us how it all works in a perfect world and setting high standards or norms to aspire to. She talks to you like a friend, sharing the good and bad bits, telling you about the mistakes she made, encouraging and reassuring at every page. I love the little personal anecdotes and family photos. There are links for further reading or information online. The text is divided up into two columns of writing on each page, like a magazine article, so it's easy and quick to read (when trying to fit a few pages in in between feeds and with little sleep, it makes all the difference !) I read the book from cover to cover and it was a real confidence boost. It would make a great gift for a new mum or mum-to-be, especially for a first timer but even us "old hands" can still learn a thing or two. Thanks Sharon, you're a Godsend !!

  • By N. Tuach on 13 October 2008

    This book is a must for all pregnant women - it is so informative & covers all aspects of breastfeeding as well as being very motivational.I thoroughly enjoyed reading this - the advice is really practical, its so easy to read, the photos are such a nice personal touch which all the other books I have read definitely lack, and you have total confidence in the advice that Sharon gives as she is not only a qualified midwife but also has many years first hand experience of breastfeeding all her own babies.When I had my first baby I made the mistake of buying Gina Ford Contented Little Baby and Tracy Hogg The Baby Whisperer and spent far too many hours worrying about why my son would feed for so long (both advise 20mins each side) and why he couldn't stay awake for 2hrs at a time or wouldn't sleep through the night by 12 weeks etc...... Unfortunately I didn't enjoy breastfeeding my son as much as I should have, however second time around with my daughter, I read Sharon's book a couple of weeks before I gave birth and then refered to it a lot during the first couple of weeks once she was born and I'm so glad to say that I have really enjoyed breastfeeding this time and am still exclusively breastfeeding 6months on. This book (and Sharon's support) gave me the confidence to relax more and follow my baby's cues instead of clock watching and trying to make her conform to a schedule, and consequently she is a very happy and contented baby!

  • By Guest on 2 June 2012

    This book is most definitely a MUST READ for all mums (and dads). Even though my baby took to breastfeeding like a duck to water I KNOW I would have found this book so valuable. It manages to cover every potential topic and answers all of the possible queries you might have. I have given this book a five star review because it's a five star book. I believe it ought to be given to EVERY new parent, then at least they have all of the information they could ever wish for regarding breastfeeding. Well done Sharon for providing us with this gem of a book!

  • By ben cosford on 12 August 2007

    My friend's girlfriend had a baby recently. She wanted to breastfeed so I gave her a copy of this book. As a first time mum, she says it has really helped her because it is so easy to read, has lots of tips and is very reassuring. And she is still breastfeeding.

  • By Maragret Armour on 14 March 2005

    Having breastfed 12 children over the past 20 years and I am still currently breastfeeding my youngest daughter and this is the ONLY book on breastfeeding that I would recommend. This is a wonderful no nonsense practical guide and it contains information on Breastfeeding that you will not find anywhere else. I particularly loved the fact that it takes Breastfeeding away from the mechanics that are currently taught and practiced in many of the support groups and took it back to the natural and beautiful thing that it is. Sharon has made this book so easy to read and by including so many beautiful and personal pictures has made it that perhaps people won't feel so self concious of feeding their baby the natural way. Congratulations Sharon on a well thought out and thoroughly researched guide to breastfeeding for new and experienced mums. The size of it also means that it is so easy to pick up and read even whilst one is Breastfeeding, this book is to me the Breastfeeding Bible!!!

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