The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by Diane Wiessinger, Diana West & Teresa Pitman

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by Diane Wiessinger, Diana West & Teresa Pitman

As this book is written on behalf of La Leche League it will come as no surprise that it is extremely vocal on the benefits of breastfeeding.  la Leche League is the world’s leading breastfeeding advocacy organization in the world and in many countries you can find a local LLL group to join for help and advice.

Most people agree that the benefits of breastfeeding are beyond debate but some mothers sadly, however well intentioned, simply cannot get along with breastfeeding.  This book aims to make a difference, and it probably would.  Certainly it provides excellent guidance and information about issues you may run up against.  Obviously, breastfeeding is as natural as it gets, so for some new moms, it comes as a shock that it doesn’t work like clockwork, but if you have a problem, they you should find the answer here.

I was lucky, I really struggled in the beginning, but with the help of this book, and my local LLL, I did persevere and found that the longer I did it, the more confident I became, and so less and less I was doing it just for my baby, and more and more for us both.  Ultimately I came to love the whole experience and wouldn’t change that for anything.

I have read criticism, justifiable in my view, that such a strong pro-breastfeeding message can leave those who can’t, or simply don’t want to breastfeed feeling inadequate and guilty.  What I would say to that is…. if you are at all interest in breastfeeding, in fact, even if you are not, read this, give it a go for as long as you can, and if in the end you don’t feel you can continue, then don’t feel stressed or guilty.  Babies are so attuned to their mom that getting those vibes won’t help your baby at all.  Move on.  Nobody wants anything except the best for their baby, but it has to work for mom too.

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