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Good advice but only when taken with a pinch of salt
on 23 January 2012
I breastfed my daugther for more than 2 years, and never dreamt of offering her a drop of formula. This was mainly because I was determined for her to receive the benefits of breastmilk uncompromised, but partly because I was traumatised by this book. For those who aren't familiar with different parenting methods out there be warned: the Sears' are EXTREME proponents for attachment parenting techniques, and this book is 30% practical breastfeeding advice and 70% attachement parenting propaganda. Why should chapters on co-sleeping and baby-wearing belong in a BF book? I happen to endorse this method, but was still annoyed by how much this book rubbed that doctrine in my face.
I certainly found this book a useful resource to have on hand throughout my BF journey, but would have preferred less brainwashing and more information; when I had problems with PPD, latch-on, nipple thrush and pumping at work the information offered in this book was insufficient. However, when an expert child nutrionist informed me after my daughter's first birthday that I should wean her off of night feeds the influence of this book was enough to make me stupidly defy her for months.