“Breasts don’t come with an owner’s manual. Fortunately, this comprehensive guide covers it all.”

—Heidi Murkoff, author of What to Expect When You’re Expecting

“The best book for the nursing family … calm, gentle, supportive, and authoritative … [a] wonderful blend of art and science. Special strengths are its ease of reading, comprehensive coverage, and discussions of preparations for the baby’s arrival. A perfect gift for the expecting family.”

—Cheston M. Berlin, Jr., MD, University Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Pharmacology, Penn State Children’s Hospital, Hershey Medical Center

“The fourth edition meshes the science of breastfeeding with the everyday reality of nurturing your baby at your breast. [It] is not only a must-read for expectant and new parents, its wisdom will support families through the full course of breastfeeding and the challenges of parenting.”

—Betty L. Crase, IBCLC, RLC, former Manager of Breastfeeding Initiatives, American Academy of Pediatrics, and former Director,
Center for Breastfeeding Information, La Leche League International

“This book is a well-deserved classic. [It gives] excellent, sensible, and easy-to-read guidance on breastfeeding, based on scientific evidence and the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.”


—Lawrence M. Gartner, MD, Chair, Ethics Committee of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, and Professor Emeritus, Department of Pediatrics and OB GYN, The University of Chicago

“… a bible for every nursing mother.”


—Ruth A. Lawrence, MD, FAAP, Professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics, and Gynecology, University of Rochester School of Medicine

“A candid and accurate look at breastfeeding both new and experienced mothers will find useful. A detailed index puts finding specific information at one’s fingertips. Two thumbs up!”

—Karen Zeretzke, IBCLC, RLC

The Complete Book of Breastfeeding remarkably is just that—the authors have included an impressive range of information and experience for the breastfeeding mother. The technical accuracy and up-to-date, evidence-based information is right on target, but perhaps more importantly, the reassuring tone reads like mother-to-mother support at its best. This is not a lecture-in-a-textbook, but instead a sharing of encouragement and expertise that is empowering—a must-read companion for every woman even entertaining the notion of having a baby!”

—Melissa Clark Vickers, MEd, IBCLC

“This book is a great resource for new moms. It is realistic and concise and helps women  make educated decisions about breastfeeding. I particularly liked the way the authors let fathers and partners know how important their support and encouragement are, and how they can help make breastfeeding a successful and wonderful experience for mom and baby.”

—Cathy Peters, IBCLC, RKLC

“If you’re thinking about breastfeeding, you definitely need this book. If you’re thinking about NOT breastfeeding, you definitely need this book! This book saved me a number of times when I had what I thought were unanswerable questions. It also gives the nursing mother the validation that is sometimes needed in a mysterious and wondrous experience.”

—Katie Davis, mother of two breastfed children and author/illustrator of Who Hops?

“This book is no doubt one of the primary reasons I was successfully able to breastfeed my son for 15 months, at which time we mutually agreed to wean.  At every step along the rather long, tedious and complicated journey to nursing, Sally’s book was there to guide me, much like a best friend would, but without the judgments! My husband even read the parts in the book that applied to him, and thanks to that, we realized he needed to be on board with what I wanted. He also encouraged me to call a lactation consultant when my baby was about three weeks old and not nursing well. We, of course, checked the book first, and the book suggested if I was having the symptoms I was having, that was the best course of action. I am 100% sure that I owe our long, happy and enjoyable nursing period to having read this book.  THANK YOU!”

—Rachel Nekoukar, Sam’s mothert

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