Baby-Led Breastfeeding Review [+ Book #Giveaway]

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***This giveaway is no longer accepting entries, but you can still read my review!***

Breastfeeding my children has been extremely important to me. It was something that I decided from the beginning that I was going to do and I would do ANYTHING to make it happen. My first experience was horrible. Grady had a tongue tie and had difficulty latching. It was excruciatingly painful….but I stuck it out. Read lots of books, met with an LC numerous times, and had his tongue clipped. One of the books I wish I would have had at my disposal during that time is Baby-Led Breastfeeding. I recently had the opportunity to read it and below you’ll find my thoughts.

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Baby-Led Breastfeeding Review:

I wish I would have had this book before I ever started breastfeeding – like during my pregnancy with Grady. Now that I’ve breastfed Grady and I’m now breastfeeding Haley, there’s not much in the book that I don’t know. My point……is that it’s a fabulous book for beginners. It’s easy to read, straightforward, and goes over all the basics. Not too much information to worry you or stress you out (like all baby books I read when I was pregnant), but enough so that you’ll know what you’re doing and have a great resource to turn to if you have any problems.

The book covers breastfeeding from the beginning, to the middle, to the end – all the while keeping it baby-led. You’ll learn to recognize your baby’s cues and follow their lead for easy nursing. You’ll also find tons of information and resources to turn to when it’s not so “easy.” I love the ful color photos in the middle of the book that shows steps to a good latch, what your baby’s poop should look like, and even what biological nursing looks like. And the Quick Reference Guide at the back of the book is great if you need a quick answer.

Over all, Baby-Led Breastfeeding is a great resource for new moms! Have you read it?

BUY IT: You can purchase Baby-Led Breastfeeding by Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett (the same authors of Baby-Led Weaning) through your typical book retailers including Amazon for $14.95 or less. It’s currently listed at $11.21 – a great price for a book full of great information and resources.

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WIN IT: One lucky According to Jenny reader is going to win a copy for themselves! Or even gift to a pregnant friend.

Baby-Led Breastfeeding Book Giveaway

US ONLY, 18+, ENDS: 4/9/13

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Winner: Laura D. 

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  1. I’m expecting my first in September, so I haven’t yet prepared too much for breastfeeding (besides reading a few blog posts). I was hoping to get a good book recommendation, so this is great! Thanks! Also, I have a sweet close friend who offered to share her experience with me… priceless!

  2. This will be my third baby so I haven’t done much in the way of preparing other than stocking up on some more reusable nursing pads and another hands free pumping bra. Other than that, just excited to get back at it.
    I would love to read the book and add it to my breastfeeding collection. I am a lactation counselor (not consultant… yet!) so I’d also use it to help women and let them borrow it :-)

  3. Being that I am 7 months pregnant with my very first baby, I am just taking all of the new things one step at a time. So far a friend has given me a pump, storage bags, and bottles. I’d love to have this book and learn more about it.

  4. Shana Trahan says:

    I looked through a few books, but my mother bf five kids, and I was old enough through most of them to understand. I felt pretty comfortable going in, and once my son was born and latched so easily, it was a major confidance boost.

    I’d probably look through the book, expecially the part about plugged ducts, which I have gotten a few times form belly sleeping, haha. Then I’d give to a friend who is pregnant and really wants to nurse.

  5. Anne Perry says:

    la leche meetings… dr.sears breastfeeding book.

    I am nursing my 2.5 year old son and 5 month old son.

    I would read the book and then pass it on to other mamas.

  6. Janice Auna says:

    I’m expecting #3 in July and still am a rookie when it comes to BFing. This time I’m educating myself like no other on Bfing. I’d really like to BF beyond 6 months which is as long as I lasted with the first 2. Would love to win this book and get some insights into baby-led BFing.

  7. Melissa Gilbertsen says:

    If I won this book, I would first read it for myself. My first wouldn’t nurse and w/o support in the hospital it never took off. My second is nursing (13 months now) and I had issues in the beginning but stuck it out. I continue to learn why I had some of those issues and am still educating myself for my third baby (still no where in sight due to nursing #2). I would then pass it on to a friend. I would hope that friend would continue to do the same. There is a lack of education out there when it comes to breastfeeding. This would be something I would like to share with my friends who are looking down the road of breastfeeding.

  8. I am nursing my almost 6-month old. In the beginning it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I had a C-section, and it took 5 days before my milk came in. My son lost almost an entire pound before he started gaining. It was really tough for the first 5 weeks or so, and then it started getting easier – and now it’s actually enjoyable. My son has some food intolerances, so I’m still working through that. This book might be very helpful in dealing with those issues.

    • I can totally relate with the food intolerances. Haley has a sensitivity to dairy so I have to watch everything I eat!

  9. Ashley Parks says:

    I prepared for nursing my daughter by reading EVERYTHING I could while pregnant and I let everyone in my family know my intentions… my hubby was 100% on board with nursing, so that helped greatly! I attended a lactation class and met with a lactation consultant after she was born …. that helped me so much too! I would share this book with a few friends and hopefully, they would let me read it before my baby #2 arrives too! :)

  10. Love BLW so I’m sure I’d love BLB too! A must have before I have another child!

  11. If I win I will give it to a friend who’s expecting. My daughter also had a tongue tie (posterior) and upper lip tie that made breastfeeding excruciating for me, but I was determined (stubborn). After talking to the LC at my doctor’s office, who didn’t help at all, I ended up diagnosing her and took her to Dr. Kotlow to get her lip and tongue clipped. Unfortunately that wasn’t the magic fix I had hoped for (by then she had some bad habits that were not going away on their own), but it definitely helped and we’re still going strong at 9 months!

    • So happy to hear you are still breastfeeding! After Grady had his tongue clipped ALL the pain went away for me, but by then he was used to nursing with a nipple shield and I could never get him to nurse without it. We used that thing for 2 years! Whatever works!

  12. My daughter is almost 8 months old now and is still mostly breastfeeding.
    I knew nothing about breastfeeding in the beginning, just that I wanted to do it. Starting out it was stressful. I wasn’t sure if I was doing it right, if she was getting anything out, If I was feeding her enough, I didn’t know if she had diarrhea or if it was normal, I was sore and didn’t really know about engorgement… The first night engorgement happened I woke my husband up uncontrollably crying begging him to look it up to find out about it and what I could do to relieve it. I just knew that I would be internally scarred somehow with all the pressure and the way my boobs were rock hard!
    After a few weeks it was totally different. She was gaining weight good, I wasn’t sore and I realized her feeding schedule didn’t HAVE to be what the hospital told me.
    I love breastfeeding an wouldn’t have it any other way.
    I would give the book to my friend who didn’t breastfeed her first, but wants to try now with her second due in July.

  13. I would keep it for me and read it and then pass it on.

  14. Shakeeta W says:

    My BFing experience was unfortunately cut short at 3 months with my daughter (due to lack of info and bad advice) but I’m at 11 months and counting with my son despite his stage 3 tongue tie & torticollis and my IGT :)

  15. Bekah Kuczenski says:

    With my first baby my milk started drying up at 6 months and was completely gone by 9 months. I was devastated and tried everything. Looking back I can see the mistakes I made: started soilds too soon, introduced the bottle too soon, I was nervous to nurse in public so I gave bottles while we were out. I am pregnant again and cannot wait to breast feed and I plan to get it right this time! I think this book would really help me reach my goal of nursing for 1 year!

  16. Krista Cummings says:

    I would love to get my hands on this book! I’m due in August and want to nurse my baby!

  17. I am due with my second in early November. I have had a great breastfeeding experience with my first. I would read this book, then donate it to my local chapter of Breastfeeding USA for other mamas to enjoy!

  18. I just had my first 18 months ago, and I had decided to breastfeed if I could. My mother couldn’t and her side of the family has issues (not producing enough) with breastfeeding, so I didn’t know if I would be able to. I decided just to go with the flow and I could. I would love to find out more info about breastfeeding as my mother couldn’t really help me there.

  19. christine k. says:

    I was a member of a few parenting groups (one being The Leaky Boob on Facebook) that were very pro-breastfeeding and would answer any questions.

    I’d likely gift the book to an expecting friend. :)

  20. I winged some of it, went with intuition when I could, if I had any questions or problems I seeked the answer where I could. As I am a long term breastfeeding mama (my son is 29 months), I get asked about it or people feel obligated to tell me why they couldn’t do it. I think this would be a great resource to help other mamas with questions or feel like they can’t do it. I also teach infant massage and often work with pregnant women, so I would keep it in my loaning library.

  21. I think I read every book in our library and inter-library loaned a bushel more to get every point of view, opinion, and method out there so I could be ready for anything. This book wasn’t in that list and I’d love to read it!

  22. bianca olivarez says:

    i’ve been researching online and would keep the book for myself! then when i was done i’d give it to a friend getting ready to bf.

  23. I didn’t do much preparing. I knew I was going to exclusively BF and knew that the pediatrician we chose has lactation consultants on staff. I was confident I could make things happen with their support and the support of my family. I would love to read this for myself and then pass it on to my expectant SIL!

  24. I still don’t know much about breastfeeding but this book will be a welcome addition to my library!

  25. Nicole U says:

    I would share it with a friend who is having a baby first then I will get it back to use when my little one comes:) Thanks for the chance to win!

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