September 29, 2009

New Release: Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding

On October 31st, Ina May Gaskin, the mother of the modern American midwifery movement, will sign her latest release Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding at the Selby Public Library. The signing will take place immediately following Ms. Gaskin’s 11:00 am presentation of The Safe Motherhood Quilt, her project intended to raise awareness about the hidden problem of maternal mortality in the United States. The quilt will be displayed in the library’s atrium from October 26th-31st. Ms. Gaskin’s two earlier books, Spiritual Midwifery and Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, which currently rank first and second on Amazon’s Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Gynecology bestseller list, will also be available for purchase and signing. Proceeds from the sale will benefit The Safe Motherhood Quilt Project and Florida Friends of Midwives, a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to promoting and preserving midwifery access in Florida.

Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding is filled with helpful advice, medical facts, and real-life stories to help mothers understand how and why breastfeeding works, and how to use it to more deeply connect with their babies and their own bodies. Whether you’re a mother planning to nurse for the first time or are looking for the latest, most up-to-date expert advice available, you couldn’t hope to find a better guide than Ina May.

Drawing on her decades of experience in caring for pregnant women, mothers, and babies, Ina May Gaskin explores the health and psychological benefits of breastfeeding and gives invaluable practical advice intended to help mothers nurse their babies in the most fulfilling way possible. Answers to virtually every question on breastfeeding can be found in this book, including topics such as:

•the benefits of breastfeeding
•nursing challenges
•pumps and other nursing products
•sleeping arrangements
•nursing and work
•nursing multiples
•sick babies
•nipplephobia, and much more.

Praise for Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding

“Ina May Gaskin is an international treasure. Her new guide to breastfeeding is the best thing ever written on the subject. A must-have for all pregnant women interested in the best start for their babies.” —Christiane Northrup, M.D., Author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause

"This book is all we've come to expect of Ina May Gaskin—warm, wise, solidly based in real experiences, and sensitive to the needs and lives of women in all their complexity. It's the only breastfeeding book you'll need."—Barbara Katz Rothman and Wendy Simonds, authors of Laboring On

“Simply put, midwife Ina May Gaskin is the most important person in maternity care in North America, bar none.”—Marsden Wagner, M.D., M.S., former Director of Women’s and Children’s Health, World Health Organization

“Breastfeeding is one of life’s greatest joys. And there is no better guide to have at your side than the legendary Ina May!”—Harvey Karp, M.D., author of The Happiest Baby on the Block and creator of the DVD

“Ina May Gaskin’s words of wisdom are a gift to all women. Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding is the perfect informative companion to Spiritual Midwifery and Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth. All of them hold a treasured place in my library and should, no doubt, be part of yours.”—Ricki Lake, coauthor of Your Best Birth and cocreator of the documentary The Business of Being Born