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The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding Paperback – 1 Sep 1997
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For the record, although I breastfed my son and would recommend it to anyone who was expecting a child, I am not of the opinion that those who feed their children formula have doomed their children to failure. There are plenty of perfectly well adjusted formula-fed babies out there--including me! That is one sentiment that is not expressed in this book, however, so do be warned.
However, this book will give you all sorts of tips and descriptions of ways to continue breastfeeding or expressing milk to feed your child. Some folks seem to give up on breastfeeding after a bit of difficulty; it is important to realize that breastfeeding is something you have to LEARN how to do. If you and your baby magically fall into perfect step the first time you try breastfeeding and you have had no one tell you how it's done, you are very lucky!
This book clearly describes how to get your baby to take the breast, what to do if it hurts (it ought not hurt! If it does that means you need to change your technique), and how to make sure that your baby is getting enough milk. It gives you hints about clothes to wear to allow you to breastfeed and ways to minimize your exposure when you breastfeed in public. It is a bit repetative, but it is not really meant to be read from cover to cover. It works much better as a resource you pick up and read sections of at a time.
Once again, it is unabashedly pro-breastfeeding, and it has a chapter on breastfeeding a toddler as well as plenty of discussion about how much better breast milk is for the baby than formula is. This all comes in handy if you're trying to convince some busy-body that you're doing the right thing by breastfeeding, but if you've honestly determined that breastfeeding is not for you, you should save yourself grief and avoid this book.
If, on the other hand, you want to breastfeed your baby but aren't sure that you can, DO buy this book! It can really help you out.