August Book Review - The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding

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The main idea of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding was for the emotional and physical benefit to ourselves and our baby, women should do all they can to continue breastfeeding as long as they are able. The Pediatrician Association even recommends 24 months. A detailed timeline of infant and toddler nursing habits are explored in this fascinating book by Diana West and Diane Wiessinger.

The authors made great points about the benefits of breastfeeding.  There is an in depth discussion to all of the problems that present when breastfeeding and great solutions are offered for overcoming those.  They uncover that breastfeeding keeps both mother and baby happy and healthy.  In an intricate way, the baby is part of the support system of breastfeeding.  Feelings of love and tenderness will help encourage the baby to breastfeed.  But, if a mother does not see their baby as an active part of the solution, they may start to treat them as the problem.  The discord that can result in this situation is subtle, but detrimental for successful breastfeeding between a mother and baby.  

The book discussed how epidurals can rise the temperature of mother and baby, causing breastfeeding problems.  Medication during labor and thereafter can affect how a baby is able to breastfeed.  Some of the solutions to breastfeeding problems that are solved in this book are the latch, milk flow, how to properly sandwich the breast.  

A hot topic of co-sleeping is always associated with night feedings, and the authors recognized the need to sleep safely with an infant.  The direction to recognize that sleep is associated with nursing and should be planned and carefully evaluated.

Breastfeeding can be complex, and takes on a whole new meaning to being a jersey cow. From before birth to years after your baby is grown, the blessings of breastfeeding can be enjoyed by both you and your baby with more resources, (like this book) and support in the form of organizations and health professionals.  For any interested in breastfeeding or chest-feeding, or pumping, this book is well worth your time.

Book Reviewed by Sarah Ziroll

Sarah’s greatest joy is her family: her husband and boys.  In her free time, she loves escaping in a great book, “Sarahnading” on her violin, singing, creating crafts and diy projects, hiking the gorgeous mountains of Utah and skiing.  Sarah is a Birth Coach and Certified Birth Doula.  She’s had 3 amazing births and is passionate to help you achieve the birth of your dreams.

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Sarah Ziroll

Sarah Ziroll