Why Breastfeeding Matters

Why Breastfeeding Matters

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All babies need feeding - and yet in modern life something so simple has become an issue fraught with difficulty for new parents. Society, politics and culture have worked together to create a situation where parents are presented with a 'choice' - breast or bottle? Such a 'choice' implies that the product (the milk) and the method of delivery (breast or bottle) are equal, but is this true?

In many countries bottle-feeding has become so common that it is never questioned, and indeed is often seen as the answer to parents' problems. Not sleeping at night? Not enough milk? Mum needs medication? Reach for the formula. Every day women are told by their friends, family and even their doctors that bottle-feeding is the answer. Yet research shows that most mothers want to breastfeed, and that babies who are not breastfed are at increased risk of illness.

Why Breastfeeding Matters tackles some of these issues head-on, in a frank discussion intended to help parents and others navigate the world of infant feeding. It is neither preachy nor a 'how-to' manual; it outlines some of the reasons why breastfeeding matters, to mothers and their babies, and explains how these issues can affect the way in which mothers use bottles and formula if they need to. Drawing on research, and the author's experience as a lactation consultant, it is essential reading for anyone wondering about how to feed their new baby.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 111 x 172 x 10mm | 126g
  • YogaWords
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1780665202
  • 9781780665207
  • 17,483

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Every Midwife, Health Visitor & GP should be given this book! "Why Breastfeeding Matters" is about much more than its title implies. It's almost poetic in its descriptive nature to help readers visualise what is being described, which alongside the critical evaluation of current research, results in a fantastic, unique approach to the subject of infant feeding. This is not a boring run of the mill breastfeeding book, it's a really easy read which is extremely well written and well referenced. It will be compulsory reading for all my students and strongly recommended for all new mums, peer supporters and health professionals involved in the care and feeding of babies. -- Debra Abbas, infant feeding coordinator, nurse (GN), midwife (RM) & International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)
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About Charlotte Young

Charlotte Young is an experienced breastfeeding counsellor and lactation consultant (IBCLC), with a passion for research and evidence based practice. Alongside private work, Charlotte continues to support mothers in a voluntary capacity, both online and via helplines.

Alongside years of analysing research pertaining to babies and young children, Charlotte is also co-founder of a parenting website (est 2004) and the award winning blogger aka Analytical Armadillo

This experience, including working closely alongside tongue tie specialist, has led Charlotte to helping not only breastfeeding mothers, but also expressing and formula-feeding mothers who are having infant feeding problems.
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