Reading this book made me realise how lucky I was with my breastfeeding experience. Thanks to absorbing information from friends and ante-natal classes, I expected breastfeeding to be a doddle and it was. Time-consuming but a doddle. There's worse things than having to sit around for hours at a time with a baby attached to your boob.
Unfortunately, not everyone has it so easy. We might be designed to breastfeed but we are also from the generation that was most likely to be fed formula ourselves. What was once routine can now seem mysterious and intimidating.
We hear the glib message “breast is best” but that doesn’t always help. "Best" is all very well but who achieves that? Women need support not just slogans. That's what this book is all about.
It includes a very moving chapter about the importance of a supportive partner; reassuring advice about what to eat (whatever you like – just about); some good lines to use with well-meaning but unhelpful friends and relatives; what to do about sleep for you and the baby; weaning; going back to work, and how to use bottles - which includes the top tip to make sure you switch sides, it’s better for your baby’s eyes (!).
Buy the Kindle version so you can make the most of the links – it’s worth every penny.