Books

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The Nursing Mother’s Companion

While breastfeeding is natural, it is not entirely instinctive for either mothers or babies. In its sixth edition, this classic handbook is more comprehensive than ever, with “Survival Guides” for problem solving, a new chapter just about breast pumps and pumping, new growth charts specifically for breastfed babies, and an up-to-date appendix on the safety of various drugs during breastfeeding. From preparations during pregnancy through weaning, The Nursing Mother’s Companion will tell you everything you need to know about nursing your baby.

This title is also available in a Spanish language edition, El libro esencial para madres lactantes.

Dear Kathleen Huggins, when you put together a breastfeeding manual I could understand and utilize even in the middle of sleepless nights, I felt encouraged and support in reaching my breastfeeding goals.

Jessica Martin-Weber of The Leaky Boob

The Nursing Mother’s Guide to Weaning

This fully updated guide, written by Kathleen Huggins, author of The Nursing Mother’s Companion, and respected editor Linda Ziedrich, explores the hygienic, nutritional, and emotional concerns that make weaning from the breast such an important and often difficult transition. By suggesting alternative ways of resolving breastfeeding problems, Huggins and Ziedrich help women avoid weaning prematurely. They describe the safest, least stressful ways to wean at every age, from early infancy through the toddler years and beyond. They answer questions like these: Must I wean before I return to work? Can I breastfeed part-time? Should I wean to a bottle or a cup? Do children ever really wean themselves? Does abrupt weaning endanger a child’s health or psyche? Will weaning help my child sleep through the night?

Just as Huggins’s The Nursing Mother’s Companion has become the standard guide to helping women with breastfeeding, The Nursing Mother’s Guide to Weaning has proven indispensable to mothers as each breastfeeding relationship comes to a close.

Nursing Mother, Working Mother

Updates to the revised edition include the legal rights of breastfeeding mothers, new research on working moms and infant attachment, and new information by best-selling author and lactation expert Kathleen Huggins on breast pumps and pumping that includes instructions for childcare providers on feeding babies pumped breast milk and how working moms can maintain milk production.

The book also includes helpful new illustrations, making it even more appealing and accessible. Mothers need guidance and support to combine breastfeeding with their working lives, and the reassuring and informative revised edition of Nursing Mother, Working Mother assists them at every step.

25 Things Every Nursing Mother Needs to Know

Breastfeeding rates are currently at a twenty-year high in the United States, with more than three out of every four new moms now choosing to nurse their infants. Nursing provides the best nutrition for baby, with health benefits for Mom, too. But to a first-time mother, breastfeeding can be a bit daunting. Enter 25 Things Every Nursing Mother Needs to Know, a concise, simple guide for moms-to-be and new mothers who want all the essential information on breastfeeding in an attractive, easy-to-use format. Kathleen Huggins and Jan Ellen Brown address common concerns of nursing mothers in 25 concise and sometimes humorous essays.

Topics cover the entire nursing period, from latching on to weaning, and each is headed with an early parenting principle, such as Breastfeeding Is Best for Your Baby, Your Partner Can Be Your Best Supporter, Full-time Workers Can Breastfeed Their Babies, and Some Mothers Need to Supplement Their Breast Milk. As in Huggins’s classic bestseller, The Nursing Mother’s Companion, information is presented in a friendly, thorough, and supportive tone, and in this book, it’s also lighthearted and to the point. This new volume is an ideal shower or new-baby gift.

The Nursing Mother’s Companion Breastfeeding Diary

If you’re like most new mothers, you’ll gain a sense of security in tracking your newborn’s feedings and diapers. The Nursing Mother’s Companion Breastfeeding Diary will help you make sure your baby is getting enough milk, know which breast to start the next feeding on, and record any pumpings or supplemental feedings. More than a log book, The Nursing Mother’s Companion Breastfeeding Diary can become a keepsake of your first precious weeks with your baby.