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|Title:||Why Should I Nurse My Baby?|
|Alt. Title:||And Other Questions Mothers Ask About Breastfeeding|
|Pub. date: ||2005, revised in 2011|
|Language: ||Available in English, Spanish, French, Creole, Vietnamese, Chinese and Native American|
|Description:||The question/answer format covers the areas associated with the first several months of breastfeeding ranging from preparation for breastfeeding, the hospital stay, coming home, breastfeeding aids, weaning to solids, returning to work and referrals for additional information and/or support. Topics include the benefits of breastfeeding, flat/inverted nipples, the physiology of lactation, nursing after birth, positioning, nipple confusion, how often and long to nurse, supplementing and infant formulas, signs that baby is getting enough, pacifier and bottle use, growth spurts, nursing strikes, biting, involving the father, breast pumps, common concerns/complications of breastfeeding for the mother and baby, nutrition and substance use, and the storage and handling of breast milk.|
|Developer: ||Pamela K. Wiggins, IBCLC|
|Length: ||68 pages|
|Use Restrictions: ||May not copy.|
|Reviewers Comments: ||Materials emphasize the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. Food Stamp educators are encouraged to review the Food Stamp nutrition education guidance document for details on the coordination of breastfeeding education with the WIC program.
The book provides useful and practical information to common breastfeeding questions and concerns. Content is well organized and presented in a clear, easy-to-read format. The writing is upbeat, positive and uses a supportive tone. While presented in a personal way, the subject matter is not necessarily presented objectively. References are not provided. The omission of references was particularly noted in the benefits of breastfeeding (Chapter 1) statements. Material is enhanced by the appropriate use of photographs, graphics and illustrations. Resources for breastfeeding and lactation referrals are included.
Section regarding mothers returning to work and the selection of breast pumps (Chapter 11) may be viewed as outdated. The guidelines for the storage and handling of breast milk are not referenced.