Book Review

02 February 2019
Volume 27 · Issue 2

This book has more than 370 pages and 29 chapters providing some in-depth evidence-based knowledge. The book is suitable for all levels of midwifery, and topics range from why women should breastfeed, making enough milk, getting professional support, feeding a baby with health complications and ending the breastfeeding journey. I think this book would be particularly useful for student midwives, maternity support workers, neonatal staff, health visitors, midwives and any professional involved in supporting breastfeeding mothers. It is very user-friendly, and even though it looks lengthy, it doesn't actually take long to read.

I found the way that the chapters were broken down into a logical flowing order provided good points of reference that readers can dip in and out of. The book helped to explain topics clearly, providing quick answers in a language that women can understand, as well as more in-depth answers for health professionals. I found that the chapters entitled ‘How long should I breastfeed for?’ and ‘Making enough milk’ were explained very well. Women ask health professionals nearly every day how long they should breastfeed, and as a health professional, I believe this book provides detailed information and reassures women about what to expect in the early days with a newborn.

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