Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers
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Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers

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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...more
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
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....more
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.
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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
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.
M...more
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.
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...more
Briann
Aug 09, 2008 Briann rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Pregnant Moms
Recommended to Briann by: Sheridan
Great nursing book. I learned a lot from it and will refer back to it often. Not sure I am 100% on board about everything it offers, but I will find out soon enough if it's the method I want to use. COME OUT CALEB!

Added on August 9.

OK, so I changed my rating to 5 stars. This book was extremely helpful, and I would recommend it to EVERYONE. If you are on the fence about breastfeeding PLEASE READ THIS! It helped me in so many ways, so the transition was fairly easy, and it helped me not to stress....more
Stephanie Dinnen-Reini
I found this book a great mix of clinical resources and information put into manageable "laws" (chapters). More than any breastfeeding book I found this to be the least judgemental against women who do anything less than 100% breastfeed for five years (ahem, La Leche League). The photographs and web links were very helpful (I read it as an e-book). And I feel pretty confident its a resource I will return to again and again while breast feedining.

I definitely plan to give/refer this book to any i...more
Amelia the Strange
This was recommened to me by a friend who breast-fed her baby. This book is wonderful. It helped me to see breast-feeding in a whole new light. My son is two weeks old today. I knew from the start I wanted to breast feed. In my mind, I had this beautiful picture of how breast-feeding would go. However, after Gabriel was born and we began our journey together, I realized just how difficult breast-feeding could be. Breast-feeding is one of the most natural things but it does not (at least for Gabr...more
Joyce Yanney
A guide to breastfeeding. I am past this age. I did breastfeed my two girls. Came natural to me. An enjoyable and close time between mom and baby. But is not always natural to some new mothers and they need some instructional help. This book is very helpful for all new mothers. I would have enjoyed reading this before I had my children. There is always something to learn, maybe a different approach, a way to make it easier. I am going to pass this book on as a present to some lucky young woman t...more
Allison
3.5 stars. I feel like I learned a lot and have a lot more background knowledge to draw on when my baby arrives. However, I have to admit that it was pretty dry reading & at times, I think the sheer amount of information made me feel MORE overwhelmed at the prospect of breastfeeding. However, when I went to my breastfeeding class AFTER having read this book, it made me realize how prepared I am! There was nothing they taught in that class that was new to me; I realized I really have learned...more
Mandy
This book is full of honest, helpful breastfeeding information. I wish I has read it prior to having my daughter, as it would have addressed all of the issues we faced while breastfeeding. The only thing I disliked was the apparent bashing of formula feeding, especially in the beginning of the book. I am a strong supporter of exclusive breastfeeding and hope to feed my son this way when he arrives. But I had to formula-feed my daughter due to several health issues. Without the option of formula,...more
Elizabeth Mccormick
Here I go with my mommy books. Sorry friends.
I loved this book so much! So many clear examples and photographs of how to actually breastfeed, practical advice on how it should go, how big an infants stomach size actually is vs. how much they get bottle fed, etc. I especially loved the anthropological studies that they referenced, because hello! I recommend it to all pregnant women who wish to breastfeed and even those who do not. It's got great stuff.
A little anti-formula, but for really good...more
Maddi Kent
This book saved my sanity!

As a new breastfeeding mother, I probably should have read up on breastfeeding prior to the birth of my daughter. Instead I almost lost my sanity by day four because my experience was nothing like I expected our was told by friends and relatives. I bought this book and read it in three days, during my sleepless nights. It was easy to understand and really helped me realize that just because my experience was different didn't mean I was doing something wrong. It is full...more
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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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