Baby Matters: A Book Review

baby-matters.jpgWelcome to the latest Carnival of Breastfeeding, where we have gathered together a collection of reviews of books and videos related to pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and parenting. To read all of the reviews, check out the links at the end of this post!

Before I could read Baby Matters, Revised 2nd Edition: What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Caring for Your Baby, two breastfeeding women raved to me about the book. “Most doctors just tell you what they believe about baby care. This author tells you what she thinks and why. It has all the hard science behind attachment parenting!” I must say I agree with their positive assessment and their enthusiasm for a book that is unlike (in a good way!) most other parenting and baby care books. It is so refreshing to read a book that tackles both sides of issues like vaccination, vitamin K injections, and circumcision, with scientific studies to back up the arguments for or against such procedures. I kept a pen by my side to highlight key passages as I read through the extensive and fascinating coverage of parenting and infant care topics by author Linda Folden Palmer, DC. I wish I’d had this book when I was pregnant (when I really needed the information to make important decisions about early baby care, breastfeeding, and nutrition) and had the time to devour every bit of the information packed into this book. Baby Matters would make an excellent gift for expecting mothers, attachment parenting families, and those pesky grandparents who insist you’re “spoiling that baby” by responding to his cries. Chapters like “Allergy Matters” and “Discovering, Preventing and Treating Food Allergies” would be particularly helpful to women with a family history of allergies as well as mothers trying to get to the bottom of troubling problems such as colic, eczema, rash, ear infections, etc. And if you are looking for a parenting and baby care book that brings scientific evidence to the discussion of attachment parenting, co-sleeping, breastfeeding, nutrition and other baby matters, then Baby Matters is the book for you.

Other Carnival Book and DVD Reviews

After reading many of the following reviews, my wish list has grown tremendously!

~ The Motherwear Breastfeeding Blog reviews an assortment of ideal gifts including The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers Revised and Updated
~ The International Breastfeeding Symbol Blog reviews The Baby Book and Unconditional Parenting
~ Hobo Mama reviews Our Babies, Ourselves
~ Mama Knows Breast reviews bOObs: A Guide to Your Girls
~ BreastfeedingMums reviews many books, including The Breastfeeding Cafe
~ On School Street reviews Blindsided by a Diaper: Over 30 Men and Women Reveal How Parenthood Changes a Relationship
~ Tales of Life with a Girl on the Go reviews the children’s book The Best Gifts
~ James and the Giant Moose reviews Having Faith
~ The True Face of Birth reviews Mama Knows Breast: A Beginner’s Guide to Breastfeeding
~ Crunchy Domestic Goddess reviews the DVD What Babies Want

If you’re looking for reviews of other books or breastfeeding products such as bras, breast pumps, and nursing covers, check out this compilation I put together a while ago.

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    • MomOnTheGo

      It’s funny isn’t it, how pleased we are when science backs up what we know. I sincerely hope that in a few years, people will react to such research with an “of course it is so” rather than the amazement that responding your babies cues is actually the right thing to do. Sort of like the new research that comes out that confirms that being overweight is bad for your health – of course it is so.

      Having the studies to back one up would be helpful to a new mom who was doubting herself or even just facing criticism.

    • Hobo Mama

      I love books like this that make scientific research accessible. Thanks for recommending it — I’ll have to pick it up.

    • Crunchy Domestic Goddess

      this sounds like a great book for first-time parents. thanks for the review!

    • Mama Bear

      Good to see yet another book explaining the science behind the attachment-style of parenting! :)

    • SusanB

      Thanks for the review and suggestion. I will definitely look into this as a gift for expecting mamas on my Christmas list now!

    • http://breastfeeding123 Jennifer

      Darling pictures of your youngest! She seems to pleased and tickled with herself…and happy. How she got on top of the cat’s scratching post is a wonder. You are a good role model…not for climbing but for breast feeding as a natural (and the best) method of feeding human babies and doll babies.