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Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  1,332 ratings  ·  164 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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Mar 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: parenting
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
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction-adult
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.
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
Sep 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
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
Dec 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Rosely De
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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...
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, parenting
At the beginning of the book there is a recommendation to "not overthink" breastfeeding. They encourage mamas to go with their instincts or use "body knowledge" over "head knowledge". I found the intro and first two chapters largely skippable.

Rule # 1 - Babies and mothers are hardwired to breastfeed.
This is a true statement, but breastfeeding also takes practice and maybe some education from someone who knows how. Just because humans are biologically prone to something doesn't they will do it we
Jun 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommended to Katherine by: Jenna
Shelves: parenting
This is one of those books that I wish I could get access to the text to be able to re-edit it. I think there's good information in here--there are a couple chapters with good diagrams and photos, as well as various troubleshooting sections that aren't too overwhelming. It also cites studies that are fairly recently published, and it was interesting to learn about some of the changes in recommendations since the early 80s

However, there's really no need to spend nearly as much time as it does on
Dr. Dena
Jul 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Informative. A bit judgy. I hold a premise that breastfeeding is a partnership between baby and mother, and then the society that supports their breastfeeding relationship. More needs to be said in general about what strains or limits that relationship, such as abuse, lack of quality medical assessment and intervention, and cultural pushback to boobs for babies. Plus, that breastfeeding is not all or nothing as in by a certain time you should exclusively breastfeed, or nothing at all, or not for ...more
Francisco Azevedo
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very knowledgeable guide to breastfeeding
(with a couple of small flaws.)
The introduction kind of sums it up well, in that "western culture" has made one of the most natural things in the world into something way more complex and difficult than it should be. The book goes on to simplify it by giving us 7 general truths that replace other rules that doctors and society try to impose on breastfeeding mothers.
It also goes beyond that, into explaining the benefits of skin-to-skin contact and how im
Echo C
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfic
So I guess the true rating of this would be a 2.5 or 2.75 but definitely no more than a 3 star book.

Honestly, I was put off by this book from the jump. The authors came off as holier-than-thou and super judgmental. The book started off by listing the benefits of breastfeeding your baby. This wasn’t surprising, you know with the book being about breastfeeding and all. What was surprising was how pushy the authors were about BF’ing and how long the tirade against formula was. It felt completely o
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I chose to start reading this book because of its high rating, and I'm very glad I did. I often read it in the middle of the night on my Kindle as I breastfed, so I was evaluating its suggestions/theories/"laws" while I was in the trenches. I learned so much practical information that has really impacted my nursing practices this time around and helped me understand and prevent the low milk supply from my first baby. I have so much more confidence and knowledge/power this time around.

I appreciat
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
*Keep in mind I am writing this review as an expectant mother, not as one who is actively nursing* I thought this book had a good balance of reassuring mothers that breastfeeding can be natural and intuitive while also acknowledging that there is a steep learning curve and many different complications can arise that make sticking with it frustrating. I didn't think it was necessary at first to seek education, but the more I read the more I realized how much there was to learn. I am very glad tha ...more
Emily Monroe
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very informative book on the "why's" and "how's" of breastfeeding. It is jam-packed with science and references, which I appreciate. I would have given five stars except for the lack of acknowledgement of correlation versus causation. Some of the studies referenced show how breastfeeding correlates with good health outcomes, but the authors consistently treated these pro-breastfeeding studies like evidence of causation. I think that can be somewhat misleading. Other than that, this is ...more
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I wish I had read this book before I began breastfeeding my first. I've breastfed 4 children and still learned new information from this book and several things that would have helped me a lot if I had known them earlier. Too late now, but hopefully I can still use what I've learned to help other new moms! What I love most about this particular book is that is explains *why* breastfeeding works the way it does so mothers can have confidence in their actions and choices and make connections betwe ...more
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a reafirming reference for new breastfeeding mothers but it does not provide enough instruction to resolve issues in breastfeeding. It's only really useful as a confidence booster for pending mothers-to-be not as a helpful reference with those struggling with breastfeeding. To be honest, each breastfeeding couple is so unique I would be surprised to find a condensed resource of solutions to all possible breastfeeding problems. You really need a Lactation Consultant for that.
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: baby
Really good book about the how-tos and benefits breastfeeding! Laid-back breastfeeding positions explained in the book sound very effective and make a lot more sense than more traditional positions where gravity is pulling baby away from mom.
Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, health
This book seemed a bit dogmatic (as most information about breastfeeding seems to be), but I found Chapter 9 “Daily Life with Your Breastfeeding Baby” super helpful - especially as I start to prepare to return to the workforce.
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good book with lots of detailed information. I took it down a star because it was quite repetitive since I was reading the book straight through, but if you read it as a reference book, only reading the chapters you needed, it would be less annoying.
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: parenting
I was blown away by the thorough and exhaustive amount of information in this book. It should be called the A-to-Z guide for breast-feeding.

I had no idea how little I knew about breast-feeding until I read this. I plan to keep it on hand and use it as a reference guide.
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a must read for all new mothers! It totally demystified breastfeeding and debunked "schedules." I love the baby-led approach.
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Chock full of great insight and info on breastfeeding. Good helpful read.
May 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Information overload! For new moms I would recommend chatting with the lactation consultants (who have hopefully read this and other books) and watching videos on youtube.
Erin Boyle
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-books
This book was anti-scheduling. 4 stars because I wouldn't have read it for fun.
Jennifer Solano
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book

I really liked this book, it gives you all the basic information about breastfeeding, positions, potential problems, how to tackle them, etc
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers (Paperback)
by Nancy Mohrbacher

see remarks on breastfeeding too long (in months or years) to please the critics in early 1700's
Mothering Your Nursing Toddler turns out not to be footnoted here either.
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 ...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
“Many of us in industrialized countries often act as if we have nothing to learn from developing nations, yet many of these traditional cultures do something extraordinarily right in the way they care for new mothers.” 0 likes
“Rules were needed—otherwise, why would the mother need the doctor? So rules were invented, not only for how to make up formula but also for how often and how long to feed the baby. There were also new rules for child care, rules such as leaving a baby to cry and thus avoiding “spoiling” them by picking them up.” 0 likes
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