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Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers

4.26 of 5 stars 4.26  ·  rating details  ·  742 ratings  ·  123 reviews
Breastfeeding is natural, but it's not always easy. It is the biological norm, but it is not the cultural norm. By learning the seven basic principles in this book, mothers can dramatically increase their likelihood of success and make breastfeeding the enjoyable experience it should be. The seven laws taught in Breast Feeding Made Simple are easy for mothers to understand ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published October 15th 2005 by New Harbinger Publications (first published September 15th 2005)
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Mercury1122
Positive comments: I feel informed about the mechanics of breastfeeding and equipped with some solid troubleshooting strategies after reading the book.
Negative comments: I specifically searched breastfeeding books by reviews that used the words "nonjudgmental" and chose this book as a result. Definitely not the case. The first couple of chapters are full of entirely unnecessary statistics related to how not breastfeeding will lead to a horrible life for your child and then follows up with a chap
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Marieke
My five stars are based entirely on my first reading of this. I have yet to apply anything I've learned or try out any trouble-shooting. But I like the way it is organized and I liked that it keeps reiterating that most problems can be solved in most cases, which I find encouraging...the acknowledgement that this probably won't always be easy or fun, but is important, and here are solutions so don't be too quick to give up.

I'll likely have other sources of help along the way, but I do feel empo
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Jenna
Oct 06, 2007 Jenna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mothers, expectant mothers
This is a MUST HAVE for your breastfeeding library. It is positive in tone and filled with pertinent information. This book promotes the necessity of a good latch and how that latch can have an effect on the length of breastfeeding and other problematic issues. While this book accentuates the positives (for child) of breastfeeding, it doesn't make you feel like dirt for choosing to wean early. It gives clear information on the health risks of sudden and abrupt weaning but it discusses ALL of the ...more
Bridget Jack Jeffries
This book came recommended by my doula and I have to say, I liked it quite a lot. As I browsed breastfeeding book reviews on Amazon, I got worried because I saw several that seemed to take a rather judgmental perspective on breastfeeding mothers who work. I consider the breadwinner-SAHP model to be so myopic and divorced from the reality of such a large swath of human experience throughout history, it’s amazing to me that people can still promote it with a straight face–let alone try and guilt w ...more
Susan
I had a few issues with this book to say the least.

First of all, there appears to be a disconnect with the intended audience. I picked up this book as a reader who has already chosen this option and needed guidance on how to make this work. The title, Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers implies that it's for women who have already made this decision. And yet...the book keeps bogging itself down in research and statistics about why women should choose breastfeeding.
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Kari
While this is a really helpful book with the basics of breastfeeding (getting started, maintaining and troubleshooting), I wish the authors had just stuck to that. It seems like a book where they would be addressing women who've decided to breastfeed or at least make a solid attempt at it. Yet I found them constantly trying to convince the reader this is the best method of supplying nutrition to babies.

Also, they slam the reader in the first few dozen pages about the importance of breastfeeding
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Rosely De
I really liked reading this book, it truly helped me prepare for all the challenges I could and would potentialky run into during breastfeeding. I am super glad I decided early on in my pregnancy to read this book rather than read up on my current state ( just being pregnant, week 35, lol!) it helped me separate fact from fiction as you hear a lot of opinions about breastfeeding, especially from those people that never made a concsious effort...
Kelly
This has got to be the best compendium of information just about breastfeeding. I've referred to this several times already during my daughter's first nine days. I found the details about the first week of breastfeeding, specifically how frequently to feed and how long feeds can take, to be of particular interest so far. I expect that the info on increasing milk supply and expressing will come in handy in the subsequent weeks.
Emily
Excellently researched and unbiased. This book's information came from study after study about nursing and was presented in a way that encouraged readers to take the information and use it to make the best decisions they could to meet their personal breastfeeding goals. It's one of the few books of this type (birthing/nursing/parenting) that had no undertones of superiority or guilt. I would recommend it to any mother.
Shoshanah
I almost sat down to write this review while in labor waiting to leave for the hospital. But then decided my last few moments at home without a baby could be better spend. (I guess I'm not that dedicated of a blogger.) In a way it's probably better this way, now that I'm able to give my point of view from the other side, where I've actually been able to apply its advice.

Like many parenting books I've read so far, this feels quite repetitive. But again, I'm sure it's that way intentionally to get
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Nadya
This was my first and for a long time the only breastfeeding reference I used. It got me off to a good start with some good advice on basics. However, it also did a few bad favours for me (looking back at 5 months of experience).

I am referring to the chapter about Small and Large Storage Capacity. I now find that it is way too digital. While the authors discourage trying to estimate how much milk a mother has (e.g. by pumping), they talk hours and ounces in too much detail. In the end I found t
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Christy Ford
This book is a HUGELY comprehensive overview of what 'normal' is for breastfeeding. Even for someone who grew up around breastfeeding, there were still some significant surprises. She also did a great job explaining why things work the way they do rather than just passing out fiats, which is a big issue with me.

The author clearly has a bias, but I feel she does a good job not being judgmental about it, continually offering compromise solutions, and reiterating that doing some is better than doin
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Katherine Parker
This is the BEST BEST breastfeeding book. I would give it 10 stars if I could. It truly does make it simple. If you are thinking about breastfeeding, or if you are doing it currently, this is a must-read.

Throw out your clock, throw out your feeding chart and those silly pins to put on your bra so you can remember which side you nursed on last. The authors emphasize that if you pay attention to your body and your baby, they will tell you everything you need to know to be a successful nursing coup
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Lisa Hacker
Excellent read for mothers or mothers-to-be who want to breastfeed and looking for an arsenal of information to boost your confidence. it's less a step-by-step guide and more an exploration of the science and philosophy behind breastfeeding. The authors have an obvious agenda (get as many new mothers to exclusively breastfeed, at least for the first 6 months, as humanly possible), but the tone is not pushy or judge-y, they do account for many real-life factors (including returning to work) that ...more
Carissa
I bought this book in preparation of having my first child and never got around to reading it. After a disastrous breastfeeding experience, I decided to read this before the arrival of my second child. I already knew much of the information presented. I found the book to be repetitive at times and at other times, lacking in practical application. For example, while the author spent an entire chapter on the importance of skin-to-skin contact, there was little advice on how to implement this impor ...more
Bianca
Nov 17, 2009 Bianca rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mama's
well, it's everything you could ever want to know about breast feeding without someone actually doing it for you...now let's hope it all works out. Now, just need the baby to practice on ;O)

Read this book in May of 2009, I am revising this review as of November 2009:

I can truly say now that I have the "baby to practice with" that this book is nothing more than brainwashing. There are no alternate options, no pep talks for those of us that are not successful with breast feeding. This book just as
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jacky
I read segments of the first edition when Natalie was several weeks old, then I scooped up my own copy (with the original intent of giving it away) when Boarder's was going out of business. With William's birth about a month away, I decided it was time for a breastfeeding refresher.

I love this book. I feel it is a must read for anyone having a baby, though I know that's unrealistic. At minimum, its a must read for anyone planning to breastfeed for any length of time. Here's why:
* It breaks brea
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jacky
Nov 01, 2009 jacky rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who needs to know more than the basics
I saw this on many people's parenting shelves so I got it through interlibrary loan through Lewiston.

Previously, I had read the first part of the Breastfeeding Companion as well as sections on breastfeeding in many the other books, magazines, and pamphlets. All those other sources repeated a lot of the same information. This book, however, gave me new information. It really did help me to understand how the mechanics of breastfeeding actually work - things like you naturally make less milk in t
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Tina
When I was pregnant with my 2nd baby I purchased this book. I wish I had bought this book with my 1st baby. Even though I nursed my 1st baby for 6 months, this book taught me so much! What was most useful was information on how to make sure your milk supply is adequate in the first 2 weeks after the baby is born. Basically you have to nurse/pump 8-12 times a day. This is what I did and it worked. It was hard work but you just have to keep at it for 2 weeks. Also it has a useful discussion of how ...more
Tara
I went with the great reviews on Amazon before purchasing this book (a few weeks prior to my first daughter's birth).

I'm so glad that I (mostly) read this book before embarking on the adventure/challenge that is breastfeeding. I knew that I wanted to give my daughter what was best for her, and the advice/general teaching in this book helped me to do so. We had a few difficult weeks in the beginning, though I'm very grateful that I had the knowledge and support to make it through that rough time
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Elizabeth
I had owned this book for a while and only used it as a reference. I was looking up a specific subject and realized how much I enjoyed the book, so I started reading it cover to cover. I think that since it's a newer book, it may not be as popular as other breastfeeding guides on the market. But not only does this book offer practical advice, I really relish the tone much more than the other breastfeeding guide that I own. The authors delve into the history of breastfeeding (the rise of formula, ...more
Beth
This book was helpful in demonstrating the advantages in breast feeding, as well as giving solid, helpful information about the mechanics of it all. I did feel that it was quite repetitive in certain parts, and probably could have been condensed down to a much shorter book. While I didn't agree with all of their philosophies (for instance, they advocate demand feeding - and co-sleeping, which I felt was pretty irresponsible as they didn't list all of the risks and deaths associated with co-sleep ...more
Sarah
I finished reading this book right before giving birth, and I'm so glad I picked it up. I had no idea that breastfeeding would be so challenging, and this book provided practical, easy-to-understand guidelines and advice for how to breastfeed successfully. My husband and I have also referred to it numerous times since our son arrived. I appreciate that the information is presented in a clear and non-judgmental way, and that the author tries to show how breastfeeding does not have to be as compli ...more
Kelsey
This is a really great reference for a new breastfeeding mom. Sure, there was some repetition and a bit of preachy-ness regarding formula. But I think if you are going to read one book on breastfeeding, this is a good one. There's tons of info out there nowadays regarding nursing so there is no need for this to be your only source. Overall, I liked the layout and the simplicity of referencing sections I needed to review more than once.
Mona
This book is great! Extremely rich in advice, tips, problems and solutions. Each breastfeeding or to be mom, family member, friend and even health care provides should read this book amd lean more about breastfeeding.
God created us and with a perfect "tool" to feed our baby. Breastfeeding is the healthiest, fastest and best way to nurture a baby and let it thrive.
Breastfeeding is not only good for baby but also for mom that can help in weigh loss, post partum depression and many other things.
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Hilary
Good read - learned a lot. Even though there is repetition between breast feeding books, some of the information was presented slightly differently in this book so I was able to take away a bit of a different view point, or just extra tidbit that I didn't pick up in other presentations. Well written, easy to read. At the back of the book they also have a section on various mother or baby based challenges (eg. depression, chronic illness, special needs kids) and their influence on breastfeeding a ...more
elizabetht
I received this as a gift at my baby shower, and I'm so glad I did. It supplemented what we learned during our Breastfeeding class at the hospital. My baby isn't here yet, but I feel a lot more prepared to nurse when he or she finally arrives.
Erika Ulring
Really appreciate that this book offered step-by-step latch-on info, complete with pictures, and sections on what to do when something goes awry. Breastfeeding is hard and so many books only spout the positives, largely health benefits, without sharing much practical knowledge. This book achieved a nice balance.
Meredith
One of the most helpful breastfeeding guidebooks.

The Laws
#1. Babies Are Hardwired to Breastfeed
#2. Mother's Body Is Baby's Natural Habitat
#3. Better Feel and Flow Happen in the Comfort Zone
#4. More Breastfeeding at First Means More Milk Later
#5. Every Breastfeeding Couple Has Its Own Rhythm
#6. More Milk Out Equals More Milk Made
#7. Children Wean Naturally

This book provides the best explanations of the common misconceptions that lead mothers to believe that they aren't making enough milk and that
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Lu
I liked the instructional tips but I was put off by the judgmental comments about formula feeding. I think at one point the author implied that formula will kill your baby - what?!

I sought out this book when I was in desperate need for more breastfeeding instruction and I feel more confident now that I've read this book. However, I'm glad I didn't come across this book if I had doubts about whether or not to continue breastfeeding.
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Dr. Kendall-Tackett is a health psychologist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She is a Research Associate, and Affiliate Research Associate Professor of Psychology, specializing in women’s health at the Family Research Lab, University of New Hampshire. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in Health Psychology and Trauma Psychology, editor of the Family & ...more
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