The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding – By The La Leche League International


Goodreads Synopsis: It’s no secret that breastfeeding is the normal, healthy way to nourish and nurture your baby. Dedicated to supporting nursing and expectant mothers, the internationally respected La Leche League has set the standard for educating and empowering mothers in this natural art for generations. Now their classic bestselling guide has been retooled, refocused, and updated for today’s mothers and lifestyles. Working mothers, stay-at-home moms, single moms, and mothers of multiples will all benefit from the book’s range of nursing advice, stories, and information—from preparing for breastfeeding during pregnancy to feeding cues, from nursing positions to expressing and storing breast milk. With all-new photos and illustrations, this ultimate support bible offers

• real-mom wisdom on breastfeeding comfortably—from avoiding sore nipples to simply enjoying the amazing bonding experience
• new insights into old approaches toward latching and attaching, ages and stages, and answers to the most-asked questions
• strategies for moms who choose to breastfeed for a short time or who plan to nurse for a year or more
• reassuring information on nursing after a C-section or delivery complications
• recent scientific data that highlight the many lifelong health benefits of breastfeeding
• helpful tips for building your support network—at home or when back at work
• nursing special-needs infants, premies, multiples, and how to thrive no matter what curveball life throws
• guidance on breast health issues, weight gain, day care, colic, postpartum depression, food allergies, and medications

Find on Goodreads and Amazon.

I had a very hard time reviewing this book and deciding how many stars to give it. On the one hand it is full of lots of useful information and tips about breastfeeding, but on the other hand it was full of a lot of bullshit and biased opinions with no effort given to trying to show both sides. From suggesting that mothers who bottle feed aren’t able to love their children enough, to simply pretending that every woman is a cis able-bodied human and pretending like only the writers of this book know anything about anything.

If anyone wants the quote about bottle-feeding here it is: “This isn’t to say that mothers who are bottle-feeding don’t love and value their babies. But there’s a difference. When a formula-feeding mother hears her baby fuss or cry, she responds using her brain. When a breastfeeding mother hears her baby make the little sounds that mean he wants to nurse, her whole body chemistry responds.” 

In this book you’ll find the best information close to page 100. This is where it explains breastfeeding techniques and potions, helpful hint for sore nipples, and when to start weaning etc. I would advise just skimming this book, reading what you think might be helpful, but don’t bother reading the whole book.

One thing is for sure, reading this book has made me realize the need for people to publish breastfeeding and birth books for the LGBTQA+ community, and also where are the books for disabled mothers? The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding completely ignores mothers with chronic pains, disabilities or mental illness.  And frankly this is unacceptable.

If you’re lucky enough where you don’t even have to consider working after giving birth, and you also happen to be a cis straight able-bodied woman this book is for you. But I have a hard time recommending this book to anyone else. And I hope to be reading more breastfeeding books soon in order to be able recommend something to people like me and the queer community.

I gave this book 3 stars on Goodreads, though it’s honestly more of 2.5 star book.

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