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Born to Breastfeed : The first six weeks and beyond - Rowena Gray

Born to Breastfeed

The first six weeks and beyond

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Published: 27th July 2015
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Science tells us that breastfeeding and breastmilk provide all the nutrients and antibodies to give babies the very best start, with health benefits for babies and mothers.

As the backbone of early nutrition, breastfeeding is a key influence on adult health, intellect and longevity. Research shows that people who were breastfed as babies are less likely to be overweight or obese, are less prone to diabetes, and perform better in intelligence tests.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that every child should be exclusively breastfed for six months, with partial breastfeeding continuing until two years of age. Yet of the 136 million births worldwide each year, it is estimated that only 38 per cent of babies are breastfed for six months.

In Australia there are more than 300,000 births each year, but only 14 per cent of women exclusively breastfeed to around six months.

Born to Breastfeed fills the information gap. Taking the baby's perspective, it draws on uptodate, evidencebased research and midwifery practices during pregnancy, birth and postnatal care, explaining how mothers can respond to baby's actions and needs to improve the health of future generations. From those precious first minutes after birth, the author brings together facts about breastfeeding as well as strategies to help solve breastfeeding problems, dispelling misinformation about breastfeeding and infant feeding in general. She discusses the incidence of serious health issues including diabetes, asthma, allergies, middle ear infections, obesity, childhood cancers and inflammatory bowel disease all significantly higher among infants and children who have not been breastfed and documents the benefits to mothers' health. Exclusive breastfeeding is associated with a natural method of birth control (98 per cent protection in the first six months after birth), reduces the risks of breast and ovarian cancer, and helps women return to their pre-pregnancy weight faster. Real life accounts from breastfeeding mothers inject empathy and humour, making Born to Breastfeed accessible to all new mums.

Not only does Born to Breastfeed expertly explain the science and physiology of breastfeeding, clearly outlining the many benefits, it packs in all of the practical information a new mum needs to know. I have no doubt that this will fast become the feeding bible for all new mums and I sincerely hope the end result is far more babies reaping the benefits of nature's truly amazing first food. Dr Joanna McMillan PhD qualified dietitian and nutritionist, author and health presenter (drjoanna.com.au)

Breastmilk is nature's perfect food for babies. It contains all the correct nutrients in the right proportions at the perfect temperature, and provides the foundation for lifelong health. Born to Breastfeed is the ultimate guide for new mothers who want to give their children the best start in life. Catherine Saxelby Accredited nutritionist, best-selling author and founder of foodwatch.com.au

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5.0

I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

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    I love everything about this book. I love that all of the information is presented in such an easy to read way. I love that Rowena Gray, an amazing local IBCLC wrote it. I love that you gain something knew each time you pick it up. I love that you only need ONE breastfeeding book to give you what you need to becoming an awesome lactating Mama.

    If you are looking for a special gift for a Mum to be or a new Mum, or even for yourself. I highly recommend you get your copy before they run out of stock. Christmas is coming up, nice pressie.

     
    5.0

    Undoubtedly the new go to book on Breastfeeding

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      "Born to Breastfeed is undoubtedly the new go to book for all women planning to breastfeed their baby('s).

      I highly recommend this book to all of my clients weather it be preparing for their 1st breastfeeding experience or wishing to 'do things better next time' or a simple refresher.

      It's an accurate and straightforward read and feels as if you have your very own personal Lactation Consultant sitting by your side in those often tricky early weeks. Born to breastfeed is not overwhelming or padded out with overly complicated medical jargon. It covers what you need to know beautifully, is supported with easy to follow graphics, tables and charts that reinforce the chapter and help to dissect the important stuff as you go. It really does hold your hand.

      Born to breastfeed keeps you interested, informed and can be read from cover to cover in a quiet afternoon. It has an encouraging tone and a thorough glossary & Index to help you skim and skip to sections that are relevant to you on any particular day during your breastfeeding journey"

      Bethany Meakin

      Doula, Child Birth Educator

       
      5.0

      A must-read for all mums who would like to breastfeed

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        What a wonderfully informative, straight-forward and non-judgmental book Rowena Gray. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

         
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        Lovely Breastfeeding Resource

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            As a general paediatrician seeing many parents and young babies, I loved Rowena Gray's fresh approach in her book "Born to Breast Feed".

            It is clearly written, and very comprehensive.

            I would highly recommend this book for families, doctors, and other interested professionals.

            Dr Elisa Rough
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            Surrey Hills Paediatrics.

             
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            Read first four chapters before birth... trust me !

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              If only ALL pregnant woman could read the first 4 chapters of Born to Breastfeed, before they birth their babies, rates of continuing breastfeeding to the first year may change.
              Rowena Gray should be commended on creating an excellent resource for giving Mums the right information on breastfeeding physiology, to help them understand the process better, be informed on potential common problems and solutions, where to go for good advice and also issues that surround choices to breastfeed in the modern day.
              Born to Breastfeed reads "like a conversation with a trusted friend, over a coffee". Its layout is super easy to read, even the most sleep deprived, starry eyed new Mum could digest. It really is like a "lactation consultant" on your bedside cupboard. All woman deserve the opportunity to get breastfeeding off to a great start and I would have found this hugely beneficial in my own early days of breastfeeding.

               
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              Easy to read, informative and full of encouragement

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                Rowena Gray's Born to Breastfeed draws on her extensive experience as a midwife and lactation consultant to create an accessible, practical, evidence-based guide to breastfeeding, complete with troubleshooting charts and nutritional insights. Focusing on the first minutes, days, and weeks of a baby's life, Born to Breastfeed provides accessible advice to help mothers in all situations, ranging from the breastfeeding challenges of different birth experiences, to problems with attachment or milk supply, to simply feeling overwhelmed. In addition to Gray's professional experience, her experiences breastfeeding her own three daughters have contributed to the personal warmth of her approach, making the book very easy to relate to and lacking any semblance of a preachy vibe. She demonstrates a realistic awareness of the stresses and anxieties of modern day breastfeeding, marrying practical wisdom with clear, helpful and up-to-date evidence-based information. Born to Breastfeed will no doubt become the 'breastfeeding bible' of many!

                 
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                A book to answer all of your breastfeeding questions

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                  Can highly recommend Born to Breastfeed to mums. I read Born to Breastfeed cover to cover when my daughter was a week old. I had so many questions regarding breastfeeding and Born to Breastfeed not only answered them but provided me with a wealth of knowledge at the same time. Best part - you have the book as an ongoing resource that you can refer to at anytime of the day when required.

                   
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                  Breastfeeding bible

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                    This book was my bible in a really challenging start to breastfeeding. I feel very lucky to have found a book I could go to for my questions and one that supported me to continue with our breastfeeding journey.

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                    Contents Foreword ix Prologue 1 Introduction 5 Chapter 1 Baby's first minutes 7 Welcome to the world ... 9 Why skin-to-skin? 11 Oxytocin - the 'love hormone' 13 What is breastmilk? 14 The benefits of breastfeeding 15 How labour and birth can affect breastfeeding 21 Pethidine 22 Morphine 23 Epidural 23 Forceps/vacuum extraction 24 Caesarean 25 Premature birth 26 Intravenous fluids in labour 27 Extended separation of mother and baby 28 Kangaroo care 28 Food for Mum 29 Eating in labour and after giving birth 29 Chapter 2 Baby's first hours 31 What happens in the first hour? 33 The first feed 34 Ahhh ... sleep at last! 35 Health problems and breastfeeding 36 Gestational diabetes 36 Obesity 37 Food for Mum 39 Chapter 3 Baby's first days 41 Going home 43 Feeding and sleeping 44 Correct positioning and attachment 45 Pain equals damage 48 Baby's hunger cues - how do I know when he's hungry? 48 How do I know if my baby is getting enough milk? 49 How do I know if my baby isn't getting enough milk? 51 What is the let-down reflex? 52 Dealing with sore nipples 55 Some tips to help relieve and heal sore, damaged nipples 56 Changing milk, changing nappies 59 Growth charts 60 Maternity bras - holding it all together 61 Food for Mum 63 Foods to avoid 63 Chapter 4 Baby's first weeks 67 A mother's story 69 How many feeds? Yes, overnight too. 71 Dealing with breastfeeding difficulties and nipple problems 73 Engorgement 73 Expressing 76 Storing your breastmilk 79 Low milk supply 79 Lactogenic foods and herbs that can naturally boost your milk supply 83 Using a supply line 86 Breastfeeding after breast surgery 86 Breastfeeding after breast removal (breastfeeding from one breast) 87 Oversupply 87 What causes an oversupply? 88 Mastitis 92 Nipple shields 94 Other tricky business 98 Breast refusal 98 Tongue-tie 99 Lip-tie 100 Thrush 101 Nipple vasospasm 103 Babies with special needs and poor sucking ability 104 Alcohol and breastfeeding 105 Smoking and breastfeeding 106 Caffeine and breastfeeding 107 Medications and breastfeeding 108 When breastfeeding is not recommended 110 Food for Mum 113 Top 10 foods to include in your diet 113 Chapter 5 The magical six-week milestone 119 Breastfeeding is established 121 Natalie's breastfeeding adventure ... her first week 122 Socialising 128 The first outing 128 Growth spurts and weight gain 129 Average weight gain for a breastfed baby 130 Exercise and breastfeeding 131 Food for Mum 133 What to avoid 135 Does what you eat affect the nutrient content of your breastmilk? 135 Chapter 6 The next six months 137 Why breastfeeding is important 139 Breast or bottle? 140 Breastmilk 140 Infant formula 140 Growth spurts and demand feeding 143 When it's time to start solids 144 Breastfeeding and infant biting 149 Returning to work or study 151 Breastfeeding and contraception 153 Getting back into shape 154 Tips to help you lose weight 154 Food for Mum 156 Food for work 156 Food for home 157 Chapter 7 When and who to ask for help 159 When to ask for help 161 Who to ask for help 164 Helpful contacts 165 Dealing with criticism - who knows best? 165 Final word 167 Index 169 Acknowledgements 174 Glossary 182

                    ISBN: 9780977502950
                    ISBN-10: 0977502953
                    Audience: General
                    Format: Paperback
                    Language: English
                    Number Of Pages: 192
                    Published: 27th July 2015
                    Publisher: Coretext
                    Country of Publication: AU