THE COMPLETE BOOK OF BREAST-FEEDING, by Marvin Eiger and Sally Olds. This is a comprehensive and easy to read guide to breast feeding.
THE NURSING MOTHER'S COMPANION, by Kathleen Huggins, is a clear trouble-shooting aid for the new mother learning how to nurse.
WORKING WOMAN'S GUIDE TO BREAST-FEEDING, by Dana and Price is a guide for the woman who want to nurse her baby and work outside the home.
SUCCESSFUL BREAST-FEEDING, also by Dana and Price, is an excellent, well laid out book with an easy to use and positive format on how to enjoy the breast-feeding experience.
THE WOMANLY ART OF BREAST-FEEDING, by La Leche League. This book is the bible of breast-feeding. It is a comprehensive practical manual by the acknowledged experts in the field and also offers lots of instructions and supportive advice.
BREAST-FEEDING YOUR BABY, by Sheila Kitzinger. Once more the great childbirth educator excels in expert common sense advice and insight for breast-feeding mothers in a book with outstanding photos and illustrations, including the great differences in the size and shape of normal breasts.
THE NURSING MOTHER'S GUIDE TO WEANING, 1994, by Kathleen Huggins and Linda Ziedrich. Huggins, who mindfully excluded weaning issues from her earlier THE NURSING MOTHER"S COMPANION, has now provided a most comprehensive and practical exploration of the issues.
Exercise And Yoga
ESSENTIAL EXERCISES FOR THE CHILD-BEARING YEAR, 3rd edition 1988, by Elizabeth Noble focuses on the key muscles involved in pregnancy and delivery and the exercises necessary to tone them. Ms. Noble's emphasis is on prevention of abdominal and perineal problems before they happen and the restoration of these muscles back to normal after the birth. She also has a special section on Cesarean birth and exercises with partners.
POSITIVE PREGNANCY FITNESS, by Sylvia Klein Olkin, is a practical guide that shows women how to get the most out of their pregnancy and birth through a total yoga and relaxation program for mental, physical and spiritual adjustment.
ACTIVE BIRTH, The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally, by Janet Balaskas, revised 1992, is a well written encouraging guide to exercise and movement during pregnancy with an easy to follow program. It helps women develop all their bodily resources for labour and birth.
Also, make sure you obtain an excellent booklet available from Fitness Canada, 365 Laurier Ave West, Ottawa ON, K1A 0X6, entitled, FITNESS AND PREGNANCY.
Emotional And Mental Care
An often neglected aspect of pregnancy but one of the most crucial is emotional and mental care. The attitudes and feelings of the pregnant woman or couple will tell me the most about whether or not complications are likely to occur. Pregnancy can be a time of great emotional upheaval. The intensity and range of emotions experienced do not matter as much as a willingness to look at yourself and an acceptance of the validity of your feelings.
BIRTHING NORMALLY, by Gayle Peterson, 1984. This is the first book of its kind to explain how a woman's beliefs, attitudes, lifestyle and environment affect the outcome of labour and delivery. Ms. Peterson has a discussion of pain that is the best I have read as well as visualization exercises to promote positive outcomes for childbirth.
AN EASIER CHILDBIRTH, A Mother's Workbook for Health and Emotional Well-Being during Pregnancy and Delivery by Gayle Peterson, 1991. This excellent workbook enables a mother to sort out her emotions, beliefs and expectations around birth, and create a supportive environment for herself as well as a personalized birthing plan.
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