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La Leche League International

From Pregnancy to Weaning, the Book Every Nursing Mother Needs

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'The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding' by La Leche League International is a comprehensive guide for new mothers seeking to breastfeed their babies successfully. It covers everything from the benefits of breastfeeding to common problems and offers practical advice on how to overcome them.

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    The baby is the boss

    Much of the advice given in The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding evolves from the idea that the best way to feed a baby is by letting him or her lead the way.

    You will be able to trust your baby to signal when she’s hungry and when she’s finished. This may involve feeding her more frequently than you expect. It may involve feeding her for longer periods of time.

    The point is that with baby-led feeding, you don’t have to worry about whether the baby is getting enough—more on that soon—or how often she’s feeding. You simply let her guide the process based on her needs.

    Don’t worry, if you’re already coming up with “what about” questions, we’ll be getting to those. However, if you feel that baby-led feeding could be problematic for your schedule, you can still benefit from the advice coming up.

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    What is The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding about?

    The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (2010) is an updated version of the classic, definitive guide on breastfeeding. Based on the premise that breastfeeding should be the baseline standard of baby feeding, the book offers answers and techniques to both common and obscure breastfeeding challenges.

    Who should read The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding?

    • First-time breastfeeders
    • Anyone pregnant and considering breastfeeding
    • Partner of a breastfeeding (or soon-to-be) mother

    About the Author

    Diane Wiessinger, Diana West, and Teresa Pitman are mothers and leaders in the international organization La Leche League. Founded in 1956, La Leche League formed to help normalize breastfeeding and offer support to mothers around the world.

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