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Makes the principles of traditional nutrition available to modern parents. This book provides holistic advice for pregnancy and newborn interventions, vaccinations, breastfeeding and child development, as well as a compendium of natural treatments for childhood illnesses, from autism to whooping cough.


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Makes the principles of traditional nutrition available to modern parents. This book provides holistic advice for pregnancy and newborn interventions, vaccinations, breastfeeding and child development, as well as a compendium of natural treatments for childhood illnesses, from autism to whooping cough.

30 review for The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care

  1. 5 out of 5

    Frenchy Chan

    The book's chapter on breastfeeding, titled "Nourishing Your Baby", is pretty much word for word what the WAPF's site says on breastfeeding with a bit of filler added. It starts with some positive messages about breastfeeding, but by the fourth paragraph, they are already reverting to negative language about breastfeeding: "But for some women, even many women, all does not go well." Then they go back to talking about how wonderful breastmilk is with its "amazing qualities" , but it's quickly foll The book's chapter on breastfeeding, titled "Nourishing Your Baby", is pretty much word for word what the WAPF's site says on breastfeeding with a bit of filler added. It starts with some positive messages about breastfeeding, but by the fourth paragraph, they are already reverting to negative language about breastfeeding: "But for some women, even many women, all does not go well." Then they go back to talking about how wonderful breastmilk is with its "amazing qualities" , but it's quickly followed up by a section entitled "Benefits of Breast Milk: Conflicting Studies" where they again cite the same studies used on their website that show breastfeeding in a negative light. There is a section on "When Breastfeeding May Not Be Best" and it includes vegan mothers, adopted babies and even babies conceived from in vitro fertilization! The book gives poor and dangerous advice like an old wive's tale about preventing cracked and sore breasts with a daily application of rubbing alcohol on the nipples for the last month of pregnancy. They also suggest an herbal supplement for engorgement and oversupply that is known to dry up milk completely, not reduce it. In the Milk Supply section, they say that if a baby has persistent crying, even after nursing, an inadequate or non-nutritious milk supply should be suspected. To substantiate their claim that low supply is way more common than breastfeeding advocates claim, they reference artwork showing women praying for good milk supplies. They also note that milk volume varies between women, which is true, but then they compare a woman who can squirt her milk across the room to a mother who can't produce milk while pumping. Those are two different situations and not fair comparisons. Pumping output is no indication of supply. When they discuss stress as a possible factor for lowered milk supply, they recommend that the environment should be very relaxing. However, they turn this good advice negative by saying, "...for many women, burdened by domestic strife or financial worries, a stress-free environment may be impossible to achieve." It's not until the very end of the Milk Supply section, that they describe the normal behavior of an infant wanting to nurse a lot during growth spurts and the mother's menstrual cycles. So a mom has to read through all the negative discussions of low milk supply before she sees that her situation is normal and there isn't an issue with her supply, but doubt is already in her mind. They also recommend using their homemade formula for supplementation during supply drops. Even when they suggest seeking help from a lactation consultant, they turn it negative by saying "...some consultants can leave mothers in tears." Their section on donor milk warns that you need to ask the mother about her diet before accepting milk. They also state that you should observe the donor's own baby to see that they are "rosy and robust" and not "pale and whiney". That visual observation will tell you if a mother's milk is nutrient dense. They make a completely false statement about breast pumps, too: "Most importantly, the breast pump provides an accurate picture of how much milk a mother is producing. If, after pumping consistently, mom still only produces an ounce or two of milk per day, she will know for sure that supplementation is an absolute necessity." Like I said earlier, pumping output is no indication of supply because it doesn't get milk out the same way a baby does. It is not as efficient and it could take multiple pumping sessions to obtain the same amount of milk a baby can get out in one breastfeeding session. When working mothers are discussed, they mention that there are some state laws about pumping at work, but it's actually a federally mandated law from 2010 that requires employers to provide break time and a place to pump. Unfortunately, the book had to make mention that white collar employees (such as lawyers and editors) would find it easier to pump than teachers and service workers. This gives the impression that full term breastfeeding can only work for women with "good jobs", and other moms have to use formula, perpetuating an elitist view of breastfeeding. So, even though the book may have some correct information on breastfeeding, the general attitude is disapproving and negative towards it. Decent advice is tainted by negative opinions and comments. It makes it hard to even consider this book as credible source for breastfeeding mothers. It's not the empowering book they try to make it out to be. It actually perpetuates guilt.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Roslyn

    Read this book in two sittings. Am so sad I did not read it before my son was born. We are the soil for our children. Just as plants can only have the nutrients of the soil in which they grow, your children will have only the nutrients in your body. Just as soil will stop yielding plants after a while if it is too sapped of nutrients, so our bodies, getting more deficient as the generations go on, will become more and more infertile. Crooked teeth are not natural! They are not genetic! They are f Read this book in two sittings. Am so sad I did not read it before my son was born. We are the soil for our children. Just as plants can only have the nutrients of the soil in which they grow, your children will have only the nutrients in your body. Just as soil will stop yielding plants after a while if it is too sapped of nutrients, so our bodies, getting more deficient as the generations go on, will become more and more infertile. Crooked teeth are not natural! They are not genetic! They are facial deformities causes by our nutrient deficient diets! If you think you are healthy, think again! The dietary advice we have been given is fueled by the pocketbooks of lobbyists, not science or even common sense. *****Sally knows a great deal about FOOD. She does not know very much about child psychology or the best way to care for an infant/child or teen. I strongly urge that people skip anything she says in regards to the actual rearing of a child--infant seats are terrible for babies! Read Emmi Pikler's Bulletin Number 14! And her medical section was not nearly as useful as How To Raise A Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor.******

  3. 5 out of 5

    Yana

    First I thought it was a good book but then I got disappointed. It looks like the authors think their dietary guidelines are the best! They say that people who don't follow their diet make "unwise decisions." So if you're vegetarian or vegan, then don't even bother reading this book because they put a great emphasis on animal foods making it sound like only animal-fed people can produce healthy babies. I am a vegetarian and this book didn't make any sense to me. I think the authors really didn't First I thought it was a good book but then I got disappointed. It looks like the authors think their dietary guidelines are the best! They say that people who don't follow their diet make "unwise decisions." So if you're vegetarian or vegan, then don't even bother reading this book because they put a great emphasis on animal foods making it sound like only animal-fed people can produce healthy babies. I am a vegetarian and this book didn't make any sense to me. I think the authors really didn't make enough research on the topic of a healthy diet. Before I became vegetarian I used to eat so called "nutrient-dense" foods like red meat with fat, raw milk and etc. just as it is described in this book and let me tell you this is not the best diet. I am a vegetarian now (it's been 5 years) and feel much better, I have plenty of energy, my skin and hair are so much healthier now and the most important thing is that when I was pregnant I was absolutely healthy, my iron never went down, I felt great and didn't become overweight! And I had a healthy baby! This book says that if a baby cries and doesn't behave well, it is the parents who should be blamed for it because they didn't eat "right" during pregnancy. They say that if you eat what they recommend, foods like meat with fat, raw milk, cheese and so on only then will your baby behave well, sleep through the night and stop crying. I am a vegetarian parent and my daughter started sleeping through the night before she turned 3 months old and she is a happy baby that doesn't cry! A vegetarian parent can produce a healthy baby and healthy breast milk full of important nutrients. There are plenty of vegetarian foods that provide enough protein, amino acids, vitamins and minerals necessary for good health. I had to filter a lot of information when I was reading this book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jess Reside

    Breastfeeding moms might as well just skip this book. Highly misinformed.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Nope. Nothing here for me. Lacked the areas I was interested in reading about and everything else was fanatical and fallacy.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    The book is dedicated to "tomorrow's children" but should be dedicated to ignorant hippies. The book is dedicated to "tomorrow's children" but should be dedicated to ignorant hippies.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    I still consider Nourishing Traditions to be somewhat of a holy grail of nutrition books, and the nutrition guidelines in this book are terrific too. But on the whole there are a lot of disagreeable points. For one, it claims babies ought to be breastfed but with a slew of stipulations. Eye roll. Except in exceedingly rare situations, breast milk IS the healthiest thing you can feed your baby (not to mention all the non-nutritional benefits from breastfeeding). This book also makes it seem like I still consider Nourishing Traditions to be somewhat of a holy grail of nutrition books, and the nutrition guidelines in this book are terrific too. But on the whole there are a lot of disagreeable points. For one, it claims babies ought to be breastfed but with a slew of stipulations. Eye roll. Except in exceedingly rare situations, breast milk IS the healthiest thing you can feed your baby (not to mention all the non-nutritional benefits from breastfeeding). This book also makes it seem like something must be wrong with your baby if he doesn't sleep through the night at x months. It is normal for babies to wake in the night. (Say it again for the people in the back. It is normal for babies to wake in the night.) That along with outright falsities particularly in the breastfeeding section, attachment parenting criticisms, and general disagreement over the child-spacing theories, I couldn't finish the book, but skimmed topics disappointed.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    While the worldview is a weird Christian-influenced New Age hodge-podge which results in some seriously bizarre passages for a reader with a Biblical worldview (for example, the chapter on child spacing doesn't jibe with my understanding of Scripture and deeply held religious beliefs), the book is fascinating and helpful. The nutritional information and the science behind nourishing a growing child is invaluable and I appreciate that the authors don't set up some impossible standard, but rather While the worldview is a weird Christian-influenced New Age hodge-podge which results in some seriously bizarre passages for a reader with a Biblical worldview (for example, the chapter on child spacing doesn't jibe with my understanding of Scripture and deeply held religious beliefs), the book is fascinating and helpful. The nutritional information and the science behind nourishing a growing child is invaluable and I appreciate that the authors don't set up some impossible standard, but rather share an ideal with advice for doing the best you have with the resources available to you.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sushud82

    I consider myself someone who appreciates the natural side of life, but this book was a little too militant for me. As a vaccinating vegetarian, I am clearly not this book's target audience. I would have appreciated a more balanced view on modern medicine and diet. To completely overlook the benefits of vaccination on a global scale is dangerous and disappointing. I enjoyed the insights into childhood development vis a vis Rudolf Steiner, but this is one book that is being resold. I consider myself someone who appreciates the natural side of life, but this book was a little too militant for me. As a vaccinating vegetarian, I am clearly not this book's target audience. I would have appreciated a more balanced view on modern medicine and diet. To completely overlook the benefits of vaccination on a global scale is dangerous and disappointing. I enjoyed the insights into childhood development vis a vis Rudolf Steiner, but this is one book that is being resold.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Neil Gaudet

    It's important to know this book is done by the Weston A Price Foundation. An advocacy group for meat and dairy. Consider that bias as you read it. Some information is valid but a lot of it is folklore, unscientific and on a mission to demonize soy, fruits, vegetables and vegetarianism. Some of the advice is dangerous and references shabby arguments. There are better choices out there in baby in pregnancy nutrition books. It's important to know this book is done by the Weston A Price Foundation. An advocacy group for meat and dairy. Consider that bias as you read it. Some information is valid but a lot of it is folklore, unscientific and on a mission to demonize soy, fruits, vegetables and vegetarianism. Some of the advice is dangerous and references shabby arguments. There are better choices out there in baby in pregnancy nutrition books.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Angela Boord

    Read it for the nutritional information, not for the theories of disease or child development (heavily influenced by Rudolf Steiner).

  12. 4 out of 5

    Maria Gable

    This woman is pagan and no mistake. I read it for the science information and basically skimmed over the rest. Caution to young Christians, this book is not for you.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    I was really disappointed in this book. I am interested in ways to stay healthy and to nourish a healthy baby IN ADDITION to modern medicine. It turns out that this another of those books that capitalize on the fears and mistrust many mothers feel for medical science. I'll be honest and admit that I did not read the entire book; I'm pregnant, so I read the parts leading up to and dealing with pregnancy. I stopped reading when I reached the part about ultrasounds. Here are some of Morrell's asser I was really disappointed in this book. I am interested in ways to stay healthy and to nourish a healthy baby IN ADDITION to modern medicine. It turns out that this another of those books that capitalize on the fears and mistrust many mothers feel for medical science. I'll be honest and admit that I did not read the entire book; I'm pregnant, so I read the parts leading up to and dealing with pregnancy. I stopped reading when I reached the part about ultrasounds. Here are some of Morrell's assertions about ultrasound (found in a box titled Ultrasound: Autism and Other Defects): "The ultrasound machine is also often focused on the heart; serious defects of the heart increased nearly 250 percent between 1989 and 1996." "Could the use of ultrasound... be a contributing factor to the increase in birth defects involving the genitals and urinary tract..." "What we do know is that since 1993, the incidence of autism has increased nearly sixty-fold. Critics of ultrasound are asking whether these two facts are related." Yikes! Not one study to support these links. This is fear-mongering in my opinion, and it's shameful when pregnant women are already vulnerable to so many fears regarding the health of their babies.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Selestalis

    When my husband and I started to seriously plan to have a child together, one of the first things I did was buy this book. I was pleased to read that some of the pre-conception preparations outlined here were already taken care of, some even 5-7 years before. Then I adjusted a few other items. We got pregnant immediately at the first try. I know for a fact it wasn't all luck or coincidence. We were very intentional throughout the pregnancy as well. I remained low risk all the way through, had an When my husband and I started to seriously plan to have a child together, one of the first things I did was buy this book. I was pleased to read that some of the pre-conception preparations outlined here were already taken care of, some even 5-7 years before. Then I adjusted a few other items. We got pregnant immediately at the first try. I know for a fact it wasn't all luck or coincidence. We were very intentional throughout the pregnancy as well. I remained low risk all the way through, had an amazing natural delivery with a midwife, and are still following this protocol with our 2.5 month baby. For medical reasons I am not breast feeding but thanks to this book we have had our baby on the homemade formula since her second week of life, and she is doing great! Happy, healthy, protected and immensely loved. I recommend this book to anyone that thinks there might be any kind of chance they will want to have children in the future, anyone who is planning to get pregnant, is pregnant, or knows someone who is. Also beneficial for anyone who has already had a baby. It's never too late to educate yourself, at any stage!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    The nutritional information in this book is very good. For that reason I would recommend it to mothers, but with a big disclaimer. The disclamer would be: 1. The topic of Male Genital Mutilation (MGM) is discussed in there in a positive way. The reason for it being in the book is that traditional people do it. Yeah, they also do and did Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), but that does not make it right. Both are wrong in so many many ways. 2. The other reason why it should not be in there is that Gen The nutritional information in this book is very good. For that reason I would recommend it to mothers, but with a big disclaimer. The disclamer would be: 1. The topic of Male Genital Mutilation (MGM) is discussed in there in a positive way. The reason for it being in the book is that traditional people do it. Yeah, they also do and did Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), but that does not make it right. Both are wrong in so many many ways. 2. The other reason why it should not be in there is that Genital Mutilation is a medical or religious topic, which should not be discussed in a book on child care as it is not general child care. The only place in the world where people are so hung up on it is in the USA. 3. There are also myths put forward about MGM as being true. Therefore the book looses 2 stars. If the topic would have been left out I would have probably given it 5 stars as the rest of the information is very good.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Zeljana

    I have never marked a book so low before, but since this one is dealing with such important topic any potential reader should be warned of its content. This book contains some dangerous, dated information, primarily about breastfeeding and weaning. I won't even go into the whole vaccination bit. The advice in this book is not based on scientific research, and can be misleading and potentially dangerous. One thing is to disagree with the parenting philosophy, but completely another is to give advi I have never marked a book so low before, but since this one is dealing with such important topic any potential reader should be warned of its content. This book contains some dangerous, dated information, primarily about breastfeeding and weaning. I won't even go into the whole vaccination bit. The advice in this book is not based on scientific research, and can be misleading and potentially dangerous. One thing is to disagree with the parenting philosophy, but completely another is to give advice that could be harmful for babies and mothers (one of the most striking examples is that the authors advise women against getting a rhogam shot (anti-d) in case of blood incompatibility!) There are much better books on the subject based on real facts, and which are also empowering women. This book is quite the opposite.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ellie

    Slightly mad but a good counter point to lots of other things! Don't make your own baby formula please! But the weaning recipes are good, just don't add the salt. Baby livers can't take extra salt. Slightly mad but a good counter point to lots of other things! Don't make your own baby formula please! But the weaning recipes are good, just don't add the salt. Baby livers can't take extra salt.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Marina

    This book promotes genital mutilation of children 👎🏼

  19. 4 out of 5

    Erica

    This is a very thorough and informative book. It is unfortunate it has such poor reviews on it because this is a very helpful resource for those seeking to have and raise children without all the medical interference and toxic things that modern parents so willfully accept as normal. While I do not agree with every piece of advice found in this book (particularly the chapter she wrote on play and tidbits on child-rearing that I don't adhere to), I do think there is much wisdom here that should b This is a very thorough and informative book. It is unfortunate it has such poor reviews on it because this is a very helpful resource for those seeking to have and raise children without all the medical interference and toxic things that modern parents so willfully accept as normal. While I do not agree with every piece of advice found in this book (particularly the chapter she wrote on play and tidbits on child-rearing that I don't adhere to), I do think there is much wisdom here that should be considered. Firstly, if you are not familiar with Weston A. Price Foundation and traditional foods, I would encourage you to start here: https://www.westonaprice.org/ If you do not agree with it, then this book is not for you. Secondly, if you believe vaccines are the savior of mankind, this book is not for you. In the past few years, studies and facts on the risks and dangers of vaccines have come to the surface. True science shows that vaccines are linked to numerous chronic illnesses, autoimmunity, demyelination/encephalitis (which become the symptoms we now associate with autism) and more. Today's generation of children are sicker than ever due to the increased medical intervention and tremendous toxic vaccine load on babies. Educate yourself here: https://childrenshealthdefense.org/ https://www.nvic.org/ https://vaccine.guide/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwZD... Thirdly, if you do not value the timeless wisdom of ancient cultures and a truly natural whole-body approach to child raising, this book is not for you. It's sad that natural approaches to life in general are still regarded as quackery or hippie. Modern generations have tragically lost the ability to be in touch with the earth, our bodies, and the seasons and cycles of life. Fourthly, if you are vegan/vegetarian, why are you even reading this book?? Seriously. I saw a couple reviews from some vegetarian readers and it's laughable that they even picked this book up. Spoiler alert: meat and organ meats are the top staples of traditional diets. With all that said, I will definitely be referring to this book again. The diet and nutrition advice is top notch! The advice for mothers on caring for themselves as well as the remedies and information on childhood illnesses and diseases makes this book incredibly helpful to have on hand. In addition, the recipes in the back of the back sound incredibly tasty and nourishing! I plan to use this book a lot in the future. It is a tremendous resource!

  20. 4 out of 5

    M B S

    The cover is the best part about this book. There is a tradition spanning all cultures of the world on the importance of a pleasant and positive environment for pregnant women, babies, and children, yet this whole read is quite negative and depressing. The moment you open the book and see the small, crowded print you know that it is in serious need of a good editing-starting with almost half of the book that is taken up with arguing against long, complicated mainstream medical practice. Tell us The cover is the best part about this book. There is a tradition spanning all cultures of the world on the importance of a pleasant and positive environment for pregnant women, babies, and children, yet this whole read is quite negative and depressing. The moment you open the book and see the small, crowded print you know that it is in serious need of a good editing-starting with almost half of the book that is taken up with arguing against long, complicated mainstream medical practice. Tell us the right thing to do: we don’t need to know every single medical idea that isn’t right. Another big issue: it’s called nourishing “traditions”, yet you’d be hard pressed to find a single tradition in the entire book. Most countries (especially Asian countries, like Korea) have rich, fascinating, histories of traditional foods and practices for pregnancy, labor, and babies, yet we get none of that here. You actually get more traditional and actually helpful information from “Queen Jin’s Handbook of Pregnancy” which is mostly a very thin collection of hippie stories and poems, but occasionally quotes traditional Korean texts which had great information that was extremely helpful to my pregnancy. With this book we get lots and lots of boring modern medical terminology and a rerun of the first Nourishing traditions book. There is just a heavily negative, heavy slant to the entire book on a topic that is one of the most joyful in life. I don’t usually give negative reviews, but if Sally Fallon can be so negative about a topic as happy as babies, then I don’t feel too bad being negative back.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    I do think some of the nutritional advice in this book is sound, and can be very helpful. I mainly read the book for the recipes and suggestions on when to introduce foods to my baby. However, I have to say that our girl Sally seems to have some fairly out there ideas that don't really have much research backing them up. For example, she insists that you should not play with your child at all. Really? Sorry-I WANT to play with my kid, and on top of that, it's good for him. Also, I don't really t I do think some of the nutritional advice in this book is sound, and can be very helpful. I mainly read the book for the recipes and suggestions on when to introduce foods to my baby. However, I have to say that our girl Sally seems to have some fairly out there ideas that don't really have much research backing them up. For example, she insists that you should not play with your child at all. Really? Sorry-I WANT to play with my kid, and on top of that, it's good for him. Also, I don't really think that getting scarlet fever or measles is a right of passage that will severely alter my child's emotional health if he misses out on the chance to endure them. I mainly kept reading for entertainment after the nutrition sections to see what she would say next.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Gina Codding

    I am so so thankful that I read this book! It does get a bit repetitive, which at first seems overwhelming (organs meats or you die!!), but it did help the information stick. It saved me from a long life of digestive issues with my children as I learned that avoiding grains for babies and then soaking them for the the whole family is so much easier to digest. I really enjoy the look into untouched cultures. They really do have wisdom I wish we could all go back to for vibrant health.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    I enjoyed reading nourishing traditions straight out of college, but the pseudo-science mambo-jumbo in this filled me with rage. Especially the anti-vax parts. Was nourishing traditions similarly bad and my 20-year old self less pro-science? Willing to overlook the crazy for the recipes? I can’t say for sure, and now I refuse to pick up anything this woman has written to verify.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    Lots of good stuff Honestly, it's a great book. But the Kindle version is horrid. It jumps back and forth between topics and that makes it hard to follow. There isn't a whole lot here that isn't covered in Nourishing Traditions, but it's still worth the extra read. Lots of good stuff Honestly, it's a great book. But the Kindle version is horrid. It jumps back and forth between topics and that makes it hard to follow. There isn't a whole lot here that isn't covered in Nourishing Traditions, but it's still worth the extra read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Brian Bates

    You will want this book handy on your shelf as a parent that takes a natural approach to life. And whether or not you are a mom or mom to be this is a wonderful recourse you will want to look back on again and again. Cant say enough good about this book, it has been most beneficial to our family.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Deisy De Nóbrega

    Great book for a natural approach Great book. Packed with useful information for pregnancy and baby/child care backed up by studies. I found it particularly encouraging for taking a natural approach to both diet and treating common child illnesses.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Manda

    Must have for nourishing young children and pregnant mothers.

  28. 5 out of 5

    christopher

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Trenedy

  29. 4 out of 5

    Uroš Mikolič

    Old wisdom foe the 21th century. A must read if you are a parent.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nishi Singh

    The nutritional information are very good and some of other topics i like but my reviews for few of topics is average..

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