Dr. Jack Newman is a well-know authority on the subject of breastfeeding. I would very much like to attend a clinic where he is assisting moms who are learning to breastfeed effectively. Reading the book, Dr. Jack Newman’s Guide to Breastfeeding, does not, however, provide the same kind of learning experience – nor would I expect it to.
That said, Dr. Newman covers topics such as “Why Breastfeeding is Important,” “Common Problems and Solutions,” “Special Situations: Adoption, Breast Surgeries, Relactation,” “Sleep: Yours and Your Baby’s,” and “Breastfeeding and Family Relationships.”
The book is written in easy-to-understand language and includes a number of pictures. Dr. Newman does not shy away from the controversial topics either. He covers subjects such as “Breastfeeding While on Medication” and “Breastfeeding the Toddler.”
I successfully breastfed all three of my now-grown children and am definitely a proponent of breastfeeding. I believe the decision is up to the individual mom, but I also believe she should make the decision after fully researching the topic.
Dr. Newman’s book would be good for those considering breastfeeding, those who have encountered difficulties, those who lack encouragement and support, and those who just want to learn more. It is a great text for those who want to pick and choose topics that are relevant to them. There is no need to read the guide cover to cover. In fact…
While the book contains a lot of great information, I find it very redundant. Granted, repetition is important to learning and an author might want to repeat the most important points – or summarize them at the end of the book. However, I found the redundancies bogged me down. This might also be the case for those who choose to read the entire text. However, if readers want to pick and choose what is of interest to them, they will definitely find this style of writing helpful, not having to go back and read several chapters in order to understand what they are reading.
If you are thinking about breastfeeding, I encourage you to check it out. Also check out other breastfeeding books and your local La Leche League.