15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: What to Expect When You're Breastfeeding...And What If You Can't? (Paperback)
I was really quite dismayed at reading the very negative reviews of this book. I m a GP and first time mum and I thought the book was very helpful. I was recommending to a friend but now she is considering not buying it after reading the negative comments.
My little girl has never latched successfully. She is now 8 weeks, thriving and happy. I m using nipple sheilds and I appreciated the authors PRAGMATIC approach to feeding. The hospital and midwive approach to shields in my area was very negative-it was them or not breastfeeding at all-they were life savers!
I think breastfeeding requires a relaxed approach. It is not the be all and end all-mothers should not feel guilty if it can't be mastered as it is a very difficult skill. Quite frankly I don't think it is essential that her theories are not entirely evidence based-much evidence in current trials is flawed and unable to be applied to real life. I think that practical experience should not be underestimated.
There may be sections about which some people disagree but I thnk that using your own common sense is important too-I would never stick too rigidily to a textbook-especially if your instincts were telling you different but as a guide to worried and confused mums -I think it was great!