Journal of Human Lactation Review
I was thrilled to announce that my book received an excellent review in the August 2005 issue of the JHL. Permission was granted for me to post this online:
"Roth M (2005). Reviews. Journal of Human Lactation (August), 21(3):364-5. Breastfeeding: the essential guide
Trotters Independent Publishing Services Ltd, 2004
100 pages, photographs, ISBN: 0954838106,
(UK) £5.99, softcover
Lactation professionals seeking an introductory book for clients will find Breastfeeding: the essential guide a clear, easy to read manual. Written mainly for pregnant mothers unsure of their feeding decision or for those in need of basic information, this realistic, practical guide will meet the needs of the average new mother. The author is a midwife with more than 20 years experience and a former breastfeeding mother. Her writing style validates women’s feelings and individual differences, noting that what may work for one may not work for another. With large print and plenty of white space, the book is reader friendly. Photographs of the author breastfeeding her children lend authenticity and personal connection.
Trotter covers many topics, but because of the books brevity, most subjects are not in depth. The evidence-based information, though “follows the ‘Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding’” (p12), as promoted by the World Health Organization.
Trotter’s personal breastfeeding story and her own experiences woven throughout create a feeling that the reader is discussing breastfeeding with a friend. Trotter begins with information about selecting a nursing bra and then moves onto facts, myths and contra-indications to breastfeeding. She lists the many benefits to mother and baby and then discusses positioning, latch, the first few weeks and how to integrate breastfeeding into the mother’s life. First-time mothers will benefit from the section describing what breastfeeding actually feels like physically. Trotter assures readers that breastfeeding should not be painful and that much pain can be resolved through proper positioning. She touches on several problems and their treatments (eg, sore nipples engorgement), special circumstances (eg, prematurity, adoption, multiples), and babycare. In the final pages she writes, “Whilst researching this book, many women have come to me with heartbreaking stories of disappointment and guilt after bad experiences with breastfeeding…though rarely mentioned, I feel it is important to introduce the possibility of giving breastfeeding another try” (p82). This statement exemplifies her honesty and dedication to breastfeeding success.
The book concludes with references, useful addresses, suggested reading and helpful websites. There is no index. This selection would be a great introduction for students, as well as a helpful recommendation for pregnant women.
Michelle Roth, BA, LLL Leader
Indiana, Pennsylvania USA"
The official launch of 'Breastfeeding: the essential guide' went ahead on Friday 6 May 2005 at Kidzplay Prestwick.
The venue was packed and a wonderful time was had by all. I would like to say a BIG thank you to everyone who took the time to come and support me on this very special day.
Dame Lorna Muirhead DBE was delightful and managed to steal the show. The whole day went without a hitch and was better than I had dared hope.
Thank you again to all those who donated prizes to the raffle. I am thrilled to announce that we raised an incredible £825 for CLIC/Sargent.