The Nursing Mother’s Companion, 25th Anniversary Edition

By Kathleen Huggins

A quarter century after its first printing, The Nursing Mother’s Companion by Kathleen Huggins remains the most trusted book in its field. More than one million copies have been sold, and countless parents have been comforted and encouraged by its accessible style.

While breastfeeding is natural, it is not entirely instinctive for either mothers or babies. In its sixth edition, this classic handbook is more comprehensive than ever, with “Survival Guides” for problem solving, a new chapter just about breast pumps and pumping, new growth charts specifically for breastfed babies, and an up-to-date appendix on the safety of various drugs during breastfeeding. From preparations during pregnancy through weaning, The Nursing Mother’s Companion will tell you everything you need to know about nursing your baby.

This title is also available in a Spanish language edition, El libro esencial para madres lactantes.


“Most books about breastfeeding are heavy on nursing’s mystical rewards and light on actual technique. Huggins, a maternal nurse and professional lactation consultant, corrects the imbalance with a lucid, trouble-shooting guide. . . . Her reassuring, practical suggestions make this book an excellent informational companion.”—Publishers Weekly

“This is an excellent book, particularly for first-time nursers…. The tone is very reassuring, the chapters well organized. The book is thorough—and never gets on the breast-or-bust bandwagon.”—Parenting

“An excellent handbook for nursing mothers or mothers-to-be who wish to breastfeed.” —Pregnancy and Childbirth

Book Details


Published: September 2010
Pages: 368
Trim Size: 6 x 9 in.
Interior Design:
2 Color with Illustrations

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