The Nursing Mother’s Companion, 7th Edition

The Breastfeeding Book Mothers Trust, from Pregnancy through Weaning

By Kathleen Huggins

Breastfeeding is natural, but it is not entirely instinctive for either mothers or babies. The Nursing Mother’s Companion has been among the best-selling books on breastfeeding for over 30 years, with over 1 million copies sold. It is respected and recommended by professionals, including The International Lactation Consultant Association, T. Berry Brazelton, and The American Academy of Pediatrics, and is well loved by new parents for its encouraging and accessible style. Kathleen Huggins equips breastfeeding mothers with all the information they need to overcome potential difficulties and nurse their babies successfully from the first week through the toddler years, or somewhere in between.

Readers will also find Huggins’s indispensable “survival guides,” for quick problem-solving of common breastfeeding issues, as well as appendices on determining baby’s milk needs in the first six weeks and the safety of various drugs during breastfeeding.

In addition, this edition opens with a new Foreword by Jessica Martin-Weber, creator of the very popular website The Leaky Boob, and a new Preface by Kelly Bonyata, creator of the go-to site KellyMom. These two much-loved authorities speak to the importance of owning an authoritative breastfeeding book that cuts through the jumble of opinions, information, and misinformation on the Web. Now more than ever, The Nursing Mother’s Companion is the guide every new mother should have at hand.

This fully updated and revised edition provides information on a variety of topics, including:
• Benefits of breastfeeding
• How to cope with breastfeeding obstacles and challenges
• Incorporating a nursing routine into working life
• Treating postpartum headaches and nausea
• Nutritional supplements to alleviate postpartum depression
• Sharing a bed with baby (co-sleeping) and the risk of SIDS
• Introducing solid foods
• Expressing, storing, and feeding breast milk
• Extensive review of breast pumps and information on mandate of Affordable Care Act to cover cost of pumps for new mothers

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: April 2015
Pages: 368
Trim Size: 6 x 9 in.
Interior Design:
2 Color with Illustrations

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