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The Positive Breastfeeding Book: Everything you need to feed your baby with confidence

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Amy Brown
2018 | paperback | 400pp | 234x155mm
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'With its combination of straight talking, science-based information and reassuring advice from fellow mums and experts, the invaluable Positive Breastfeeding Book empowers new mums.' Mother & Baby

'I wish I'd had this splendid book a few months ago: warm, funny & accurate. For anyone who is making a choice about feeding or in the midst of it this will feel like a hug.’ Chris van Tulleken

'A fantastic manual for new motherhood.' Saffia Farr, editor Juno magazine

'This book is the village of support and knowledge that all new parents need, but can be so difficult to find in our modern world.’ Dr Natalie Shenker, cofounder, Hearts Milk Bank and Human Milk Foundation

'The beauty of this book is not only its accessibility but that it is informed by strong evidence and powerful voices of women.' Shereen Fisher, Chief Executive, Breastfeeding Network

How often does my baby really need to feed?
How do I know my baby is getting enough?
Is it normal for my baby to wake at night?

When you're expecting a new baby, suddenly everyone around you becomes an expert – particularly when it comes to how to feed them. It is easy to become overwhelmed by conflicting advice, myths and exaggerated stories. The Positive Breastfeeding Book cuts through the anecdotes, giving you clear, no-judgement, non-preachy, evidence-based information to help you make the right decisions for you and your baby. It will…

  • help you understand how breastfeeding works
  • give you tips for planning for your baby's arrival
  • help you cope with those early months
  • support you to make sure that whilst you're looking after the baby, you're getting taken care of too 
  • point you to how to seek help if challenges come up
  • guide you through feeding in public, going back to work, and even rediscovering a glass of wine

You'll find plenty of real stories and guidance throughout from mothers and experts in supporting breastfeeding. There are handy chapters on formula and mixed feeding, which cut through advertising spiel and give you the facts you need to choose and use formula safely.

The Positive Breastfeeding Book doesn't promise to make it easy, nor will it get up in the middle of the night for you, but it will empower you with the knowledge and encouragement you need to feed your baby with confidence.

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  • 4
    Pulls no punches!

    Posted by Karen Hall on 3rd Oct 2018

    Amy Brown’s Positive Breastfeeding Book is presented as a companion to Milli Hill’s Positive Birth Book, sharing a cover design, a friendly, chatty tone, and an absolute compendium of information. 29 detailed chapters are interspersed with quotes from mothers and breastfeeding supporters, and interviews with some very respectable figures from the breastfeeding world, including Heather Trickey, Helen Ball, and everyone’s hero Dr Wendy Jones.

    This book pulls no punches when it comes to explaining the impact and the importance of breastfeeding, and breaking down the cultural and commercial barriers that women face in a breastfeeding-unfriendly society. It takes a logical journey through the subject matter, from getting off to a good start, accessing good support, facing and resolving the challenges, to stopping breastfeeding. My favourite section is the lovely list of suggestions for how partners can support breastfeeding women, not one of which is to give a night time bottle. The book also includes two chapters I have never before seen in a breastfeeding book: infant feeding in an emergency, and a chapter on induced lactation that specifically addresses the needs of trans parents. This feels like a book very much for our time.

    Technical information about breastfeeding is plentiful and accurate, supported by references and additional resources, such as videos to watch on hand expressing and the breastcrawl. At the end there is a chapter by chapter list of still more websites and books.

    The Positive Breastfeeding Book is exactly what it says on the cover, and a very useful manual both for breastfeeding mothers and anyone supporting them.