The baby is beautiful. The mazal tovs have all been said. Now that most basic of relationships begins, that of a mother and her child. And now many mothers face the first serious question of their mothering careers: shall I nurse my baby? Even in these days of instant conveniences, there are many reasons why mothers make the commitment to nursing. The moments spent nursing a child can be some of the warmest and most satisfying a woman will ever experience. There is mounting evidence of the medical and nutritional benefits of breastfeeding. And, as "Straight from the Heart" so beautifully demonstrates, nursing is an incomparable way of building that strong but gentle bond between mother and child, which is the child's very first encounter with chinuch. In "Straight from the Heart", Mrs. Tehilla Abramov, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, presents a wealth of Torah insights on mothering and nursing, important medical and nutritional information, and practical, down-to-earth advice for the nursing mother. Issues such as responsive nursing, weaning, and weight gain are addressed with concern and sensitivity. Included are sections on the halachot of breastfeeding and the halachot of nursing on Shabbat. As she did in her widely acclaimed first book, "The Secret of Jewish Femininity", Mrs. Abramov skillfully weaves in true-life stories to entertain and inspire the reader. For the new mother or the mother of six, here is a book well worth reading, a book that speaks "straight form the heart."
by Tehilla Abramov
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