Description of the Book from Amazon
Drawing on her decades of experience in caring for pregnant women, mothers, and babies, Ina May Gaskin explores the health and psychological benefits of breastfeeding and gives you invaluable practical advice that will help you nurse your baby in the most fulfilling way possible. Inside you’ll find answers to virtually every question you have on breastfeeding, including topics such as
•the benefits of breastfeeding
•pumps and other nursing products
•nursing and work
•nipplephobia, and much more
Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding is filled with helpful advice, medical facts, and real-life stories that will help you understand how and why breastfeeding works and how you can use it to more deeply connect with your baby and your own body. Whether you’re planning to nurse for the first time or are looking for the latest, most up-to-date expert advice available, you couldn’t hope to find a better guide than Ina May.
What I enjoyed most was that it normalized breastfeeding. It didn't make it something special or different, it's just what our bodies were meant to do. I sometimes feel like there are a lot of “mommy wars” about who can breastfeed longer or “better” or whatever but this book made it less complicated. It simplified things to “your body was made for this” and therefore every woman has the potential to breastfeed (with a few exceptions). I enjoyed that this book wasn't just about positions and techniques. It focused on how natural it is and that (almost) any woman can do it, even if you haven't given birth before. I enjoyed that it focused on all the positive aspects of breastfeeding, and pointed out that if it hurts something is not right. I loved this book so much! The only thing I wish was different was that there were more stories. Overall I feel like this is a must read for all parents (even men!) who want their child to be breastfed. I understand there are woman out there that would rather formula feed but for those who want to breastfeed this is an amazing and empowering book. It covers pretty much every issue that might come up and provides practical solutions for the problem. This is a great guide for all parents.