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Mommy's Little Breastfeeding Book: 101 Tips Your Baby Wants You to Know About Nursing

01/27/2009 at 11:00 AM ET

When my daughter was born and wouldn’t latch on to my breast for the first ten days of her life I felt very helpless and alone. I had no idea that breastfeeding would be this difficult, had no one in my immediate circle who was able to help me figure things out and had no time to read a book. I eventually sought out the help of a lactation consultant and La Leche League but I wish I had Mommy’s Little Breastfeeding Book: 101 Tips Your Baby Wants You to Know About Nursing by Michele Leigh Carnesecca, RN, IBCLC in my hands.

Though there are plenty of breastfeeding books out there, what I like about this one is how to-the-point and easy-to-read it is. Written by a registered nurse and lactation consultant who realized that she was repeating the same breastfeeding tips over and over again to nursing mothers, the book is divided into three categories — Before the Hospital, At the Hospital and At Home. Each page offers important information without scaring off the reader. I also like that it offers product suggestions and can, at times, even be funny while still sharing crucial tips. The book’s small size is also appealing as it can easily be carried in a bag.

At less than $10 this is definitely a book that is going to be gifted at every baby shower I attend from now on.

– Teba

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Elita @ Blacktating on

I, too, have heard wonderful things about this book. Angela at Breastfeeding 1-2-3 is giving away a copy. Thanks for highlighting information on breastfeeding. I have a friend who is due in September and this will definitely be part of her shower gift!

Jen on

I realize that breastfeeding is best, but I was unable to adequately nurse my son. After much agonizing I finally gave up something that was frustrating for me and my child, leading to a much healthier relationship to both. Please just keep in mind those of us who struggled with bfing and are still feeling guilt over being unable to do it before talking about how it’s soooooo wonderful, etc.

Steve on

I would suggest this book too. My wife had a very difficult time nursing our first son – I thought he was going to cry all the time because of hunger! She got the hang of it eventually – but it took several days :(

Elita on

Jen, I am sorry you wanted to breastfeed but couldn’t. Don’t beat yourself up about it! I am sure your baby is happy and healthy. However, although the overwhelming majority of moms leave the hospital nursing, less than 1/3 of babies are exclusively breastfed until 6 months, which is the current recommendation. Posts like this encourage moms to nurse and may convince someone who isn’t she if she wants to breastfeed to give it a try. Breastfeeding is amazing for mom and baby and I applaud anyone who tries!

Vanessa Green on

I am due in 4 weeks with my first child. I purchased this book based on the write up CBC did on it and I love it! I feel more confident to tackle breastfeeding and not get frustrated if it takes me longer than the hospital stay to get the hang of it.


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