- Series: La Leche League International Book
- Paperback: 463 pages
- Publisher: Plume; Revised edition (May 25, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0452285801
- ISBN-13: 978-0452285804
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 1,296 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding: Seventh Revised Edition (La Leche League International Book) Paperback – May 25, 2004
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Since 1955 when La LEche League started with seven women in the Chicago suburbs, it has grown into the leading breastfeeding advocacy organization in the world, with more than three thousand groups in fifty countries. La Leche League International regularly holds seminars and workshops for health care professionals and parents, and publishes more than twenty books on child care.
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As a previous reviewer said, this book will leave you high and dry if you are having problems breastfeeding in the days following birth. The mantra seems to be that it is so easy any mother can do it, and if you can't, you're not trying hard enough.
5 months later we are still going strong, and I think this book is part of the reason why. For example, I had friends quit breastfeeding because they were worried they weren't producing enough milk, or it hurt too much, or any number of reasons. I think that if they (and women in general) read this book, they would understand that many worries about breastfeeding are unfounded and that other things (e.g., pain) may not be normal but that there are resources to help. My dad asked me why I needed to read a book about breastfeeding ("Isn't it normal and natural?") and I told him it's because not many women grow up seeing babies being breastfed (I know I didn't). It is natural, but it's not always easy (especially not at the beginning). This book was incredibly helpful to me because it gave me a sense of what to expect. Honestly, without it I might have given up on one of the evenings in the first few weeks of my daughter's life when it seemed like she would never stop eating. Instead, I knew that cluster feeding was natural and would not last forever (and now I've practically forgotten there was a time when she ate that often). I would recommend it to any expecting mother.