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Good, but not if you dislike brash Americans
on 29 October 2004
I write this as an American living in the UK.
I read most of the book in one sitting. It is enjoyable, informative & funny. I was disappointed, though, by the anecdotal tone -- although she often cites "studies" she doesn't tell us which study, where, by who, when, etc. She dismisses all manual breast pumps as rubbish, when most people who have tried it get on with the Avent system, and heaven knows it's a lot cheaper than any electric pump. She also doesn't mention Hale & his book on Medications in Mother's Milk, which is an invaluable resource for women needing meds when breastfeeding.
She says or advises a lot of things categorically which were not true in my experience -- ie, I didn't find it necessary to take 5 pillows to hospital with me, just to get breastfeeding established.
But even though I already breastfed 3 children, I also found useful & new information in the book. I would say it's an excellent resource for anybody who *knows* they want to breastfeed & just need support, or anybody who is open-minded to the idea and wants information that is easy to read. If you detest brash Americans then don't buy it, though, it will irritate you into stocking up on formula at the next opportunity.